These Are the Records ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Broke With Just Its Opening Weekend
You would be hard-pressed to find anyone who would argue that Avengers: Endgame is a major event in cinematic history. Not only did it represent the culmination of the 11 years and 22 films that comprise the MCU, but the lead up to the movie’s release was shrouded in secrecy, causing fans to wonder just how the mighty heroes could reverse the effects of Thanos’ snap in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
As you’ve likely heard by now, the film did not disappoint. Movie theaters were packed this past weekend, and the internet is flooded with people singing its praises (while others struggle to maintain the element of surprise — #DontSpoiltheEndgame). In fact, the movie even broke a few records. Here are the stats that we know so far. (Absolutely no spoilers whatsoever here.)
This the biggest record that it broke
It was rumored that Endgame was poised to break this amazing record opening weekend, but it wasn’t confirmed until the numbers were in for Sunday, April 28, 2019. But now it’s official: Endgame made over $1 billion in its opening weekend, a feat which has never been accomplished by another film — ever.
These are just estimated numbers at this point, seeing as the weekend isn’t quite over yet. The estimated figure is approximately $1.2 billion. This impressive number was met after just five days (internationally, the movie was released on Wednesday, April 24).
Other impressive records were broken
If there’s one thing we know about the international box office, it’s that big-budget superhero films do very, very well. That was certainly the case with Endgame, which brought in close to $859 million internationally, the most ever grossed in that market. It also dominated in China, which is often the decider of these things, securing $330.5 million — making it No. 1 once again.
The international appeal of the MCU cannot be overstated. However, the franchise has also broken records in the U.S. alone. For its opening weekend, Endgame made somewhere around $350 million this weekend, making it the biggest domestic opening weekend ever. And which movie did it surpass? None other than its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, which made $258 domestically.
Will Endgame break the ultimate box-office record?
As it stands, there’s only one major box-office record left for Endgame to break. And it’s definitely the biggest one. All anyone wants to know is: Will Endgame become the highest-grossing film of all time?
For reference, this is a record that was once held by James Cameron’s Titanic. That is, until 2009, when the director topped himself with Avatar, which earned over 2.7 billion worldwide. Currently, Infinity War sits at the No. 4 slot, just behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The Avengers closes out the top 5.
As it stands, Endgame is definitely on track to break this record. At the time of publication, it stands out No. 18 on the list, behind other Marvel films like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Iron Man 3. But with an opening weekend like it has had, it would be surprising if Endgame didn’t take its rightful place at the top of this list.