Did you see Endgame yet? If so, you and a record-breaking amount of Marvel fans helped make it the number 1 movie in at least 54 countries this weekend, totaling an astounding $1.2 billion at the box office worldwide.
Marvel Studios’ #AvengersEndgame is the #1 box office opening of all time.
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) April 28, 2019
Various outlets are reporting that Avengers: Endgame brought in roughly $350 million in the United States and Canada alone, besting the $248 million that Star Wars: The Force Awakens racked in back in 2015 and the $258 million that previous MCU darling (and record-holder) Infinity War brought in around this time last year.
Here’s what The New York Times is reporting about the reasoning behind this amazing feat for the film:
“About 44 percent of the global total came from 3-D screenings, according to the technology company RealD. Disney said on Sunday morning that the movie set a record for the largest opening weekend in 44 overseas markets, with Imax theaters contributing an outsized portion of ticket sales, particularly in China.
Scrambling to keep up with demand, AMC Theaters, the largest multiplex operator in North America, added 5,000 last-minute showtimes in the United States over the weekend, lifting its total number to more than 63,000. Nineteen AMC locations played “Avengers: Endgame” around the clock. On Saturday alone, 2.3 million people turned up at AMC cinemas.”
Endgame, which costed about $350 million to make and over $200 million in global marketing, nearly got that back on opening day alone with the $157.5 million the film made on Friday and record-setting $60 million from early Thursday screenings.
The 22nd film in this ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe phenomenon, which started back in 2008 with Iron Man, is expected to bring the entire series well over the $20 billion mark internationally. Not even Thanos can stop that.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters everywhere right now, so go check it out and see what the hype is all about. Remember though: #DontSpoilTheEndgame!