Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Have the Biggest Opening in History? Ticket Sales Have Already Set a Record
If you don’t already have your tickets to see Avengers: Endgame on opening weekend, you may need to act fast. Some showings of the movie, which opens in previews on April 25, are already sold out, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Those strong advance ticket sales could put the film on track to have the biggest domestic box office opening in history, beating out its predecessor, last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.
Endgame has already sold more tickets than The Force Awakens and Infinity War
Endgame has already broken at least one record. Advance ticket sales for the movie, which will wrap up Marvel’s Infinity Saga, have already beaten those for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fandango says. It’s also beating Infinity War 5:1 in advance ticket sales.
Atom Tickets says the movie sold more advance tickets in its first week than Aquaman, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Infinity War, and Captain Marvel (the four previous biggest sellers) combined. Theaters have been adding more screenings to accommodate the high demand.
Could Endgame break $300 million?
Some industry experts are suggesting that Endgame could shatter another record in its opening weekend. The movie stands a chance at nabbing the title of biggest domestic opening in history.
Last year, Infinity War earned $257.7 million in its first weekend in theaters, the largest box office opening ever in the U.S. Previously, the record-holder had been The Force Awakens, with $248 million. (Numbers have not been adjusted for inflation.)
Anticipation is strong for the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is expected to wrap up storylines for a number of fan-favorite characters. Some people are even trying to sell opening weekend tickets on eBay — at eye-popping markups. Right now, the film — which stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, and pretty much everyone else from the MCU — is on track to earn between $200 and $260 million domestically in its first days in theaters, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
However, Deadline talked to box office analysts who ran the numbers and found that getting to $300 million “isn’t out of the realm of possibility.” “If it grosses $250 million that’s great, although everyone will see that as disappointing. $265 million seems real and wonderful. When we get into this level of number we have no comps, so hard to know,” an analyst told the publication.
But Scott Mendelson at Forbes points out that for Endgame to reach $300 million, its box office numbers would need to jump 16.4% over those for Infinity War. He thinks that’s unlikely, especially given the film’s 3-hour running time.
Will Endgame be the biggest movie of all time?
The box office numbers for Marvel movies are staggering — Infinity War earned $678.8 million at the domestic box office, while Black Panther took in $700 million. But when it comes to the biggest movies of all time, they don’t come close once you adjust for inflation, according to Box Office Mojo.
Gone With the Wind, which came out in 1939, is still the most popular film in U.S. history. It’s earned $1.8 billion at the box office over the years, adjusted for inflation. It’s followed by Star Wars at $1.6 billion and The Sound of Music at $1.2 million. (All three movies have seen periodic re-releases that have boosted their overall numbers.) Marvel’s The Avengers comes in at No. 29 on that list, Black Panther is at No. 30, and Infinity War is No. 35.
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