Avengers: Endgame continues to decimate box office records, becoming the first movie history to surpass $1 billion in its opening weekend.
It took a total of five days for Endgame to reach the historic milestone, beating out its own predecessor, Infinity War, for the title. Infinity War had previously secured the record in 11 days.
In a press released, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn, said, “Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office. 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.”
On opening night, Endgame brought in a whopping $156.7 million domestically. The estimated domestic debut is expected to reach $350 million across three days.
Endgame is also breaking records at the international box office, including an estimated debut of $330.5 million in China, breaking the global debut record of $640 million set by Infinity War last year.
“From the very beginning with Iron Man, all we’ve wanted to do was tell stories that brought these characters to life onscreen the way we’ve experienced them as fans of the comics,” said Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios. “That we’ve had so many other successes in this journey leading to this unbelievable result with ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has been almost entirely due to the fans around the world who have supported us through it all. Our directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, and our writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, really brought this story home, and I am also incredibly thankful for our cast and filmmakers from across the MCU and all who’ve worked so hard to make these films the best they can be, including the amazing teams at Marvel Studios and Disney. And of course, without Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, none of this would have been possible.”
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo added, “We poured our heart and soul into Avengers: Endgame, hoping to tell a story that would inspire audiences around the world. Our family of cast and crew felt honored to be entrusted with bringing the Infinity Saga to a close. To Kevin Feige, everyone at Disney and Marvel, and the incredible, global community of fans – thank you.”
Before Endgame leaves theaters, we would not be shocked to see it break several more box office records. James Cameron’s Avatar still sits at the top of the worldwide box office gross with $2.7 billion. It might be the first, non-Cameron directed movie to come close to knocking it from its spot, should Endgame continue on its current trajectory.