Although “Inevitable”, the amounts are still staggering to read.There was nothing more anticipated this year than “Avengers: Endgame” and the results prove it.
Over the course of its opening weekend, the film Thanos snapped box office records into oblivion, generating $350 million domestically and $1.2 billion globally. This includes $330.5 million in China alone.
“Avengers: Endgame” was praised in reviews and was so highly anticipated that the studio had to create a “#DontSpoilTheEndgame” hashtag so all fans could enjoy the finale to the “Avengers” film series.
“Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theater both in terms of storytelling and at the box office,” said Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn in a statement Sunday. “Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they’ve envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world.”
According to Screenrant.com, the film cost an estimated $350 – $400 million to make. The official record-holder is “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” which cost $379 million. In the series, “Age of Ultron” came in at $365 million and “Infinity War” cost $316 million. Based upon these opening weekend numbers, Marvel Studios essentially broke even in its domestic totals alone. Add in the foreign box office numbers and Disney is smiling big time.
The 22nd offering in the MCU series crushed the former domestic box office leader, “Avengers: Infinity War”, which brought in an opening-weekend haul of $257 million last year. “Avengers: Endgame” was the number one film in over 50 countries and, according to Disney this morning, it set opening weekend records in 43 markets overseas which includes countries like the U.K./Ireland, Brazil, Mexico, France and Australia. And in China, it’s already the number four title of all-time!
How crazy were people to see the film? According to the NY Times:
“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.”
The final offering in the series left fans leaving the theater in all sorts of emotions, regardless of whether they saw an 830am showing or a midnight offering.
Per Boxofficemojo.com, “Avengers: End Game” sits in 18th place overall (globally) after one weekend. The overall leader is “Avatar”, which generated $2.788 billion globally ($760.5 million domestically). But with the number of screens it was playing on, the number of screens that had to be added to accommodate the demand and the number of people who have been saying that they want to see it again, “Avengers: End Game” could be looking down at everyone very quickly.