After 11 years, 22 films and over $19 billion in box office grosses, Marvel‘s “Avengers: Endgame” marks a culmination of sorts for the superhero blockbuster franchise, shattering records in its first weekend of release.
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The film opened with $1.2 billion in global receipts, which includes the biggest-ever North American debut of $350 million and international grosses of $859 million, according to estimates from measurement firm Comscore.
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Advertisement That makes it the first film in history to surpass $1 billion in its opening weekend, reaching the billion-dollar threshold in just five days, more than twice as fast as its predecessor “Avengers: Infinity War,” which held the record at 11 days.
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“Though ‘Endgame’ is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement,” said Disney Chairman Alan Horn in a statement. “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.”
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film posted a record $60 million in Thursday previews and was screened in a record 4,662 theaters. AMC set attendance records on Saturday with more than 2.6 million guests, with 19 locations operating for 24 hours from Thursday night through Sunday.
The film is just the second in history to be shot entirely with IMAX cameras and nearly doubled IMAX‘s worldwide opening weekend record with $91.5 million in ticket sales. About 45% of the estimated $1.2 billion worldwide grosses were generated from 3D ticket sales.
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This is Marvel and Disney’s second billion-dollar release of 2019, along with “Captain Marvel,” and Marvel‘s eighth billion-dollar film ever. Marvel now holds the top two largest global debuts of all time (with “Avengers: Infinity War”), six of the top 10 domestic debuts and two of the top 3 international debuts.