Avengers: Endgame tears up the record books

Last chapter for the Avengers saga draws unprecedented $1.2bn opening weekend and breaks nearly every conceivable box office record around the world

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 30.04.2019 | Watch

Avengers: Endgame tears up the record books thumbnail

Even Doctor Strange would’ve struggled to foresee a future in which Avengers: Endgame opened to more than $1 billion, but that’s exactly how the concluding chapter in the MCU kicked off this weekend.

The Marvel Studios blockbuster demolished just about every box office record going. More than 100 million people around the world streamed into cinemas for midnight openings and thousands of screenings throughout the weekend, taking the total global ticket haul to a colossal $1.22bn.

Analysts say the figure was almost inconceivable to forecast, but between $357m in the States and $886m internationally, the Marvel Studios blockbuster crushed the previous record global opening of $640m, a distinction held by precursor Avengers: Infinity War.

In the UK and Ireland the movie also broke records for the biggest opening, opening day, single day and Sunday of all time. The £43.4m opening in the region shot past Spectre, despite the 2015 Bond flick having the advantage of a seven-day holiday weekend.

Box office takings in China were almost on a footing with Marvel’s domestic US market, accounting for more than a third of the international total with $330m. The UK, Korea ($47.4m), Mexico ($33.1m) and Australia ($30.8m) round out the top five international markets, though all of the top 16 brought in more than $12m each.

Avengers: Endgame brings the first saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a grand conclusion after 11 years and 21 movies beginning with 2008’s Iron Man.

“From the very beginning with Iron Man, all we have wanted to do was tell stories that brought these characters to life onscreen the way we have experienced them as fans of the comics,” said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige.

The movie launched yesterday in Russia, its final international bow.

JoJo D.R.E.A.Ms of Britain thumbnail

JoJo D.R.E.A.Ms of Britain

Nick star JoJo Siwa will close out her first US music tour D.R.E.A.M with a four-venue leg in the UK

Cartoon Network boards Singapore subway thumbnail

Cartoon Network boards Singapore subway

Co-branded MRT train on the busy North East Line will promote local channel and arcade partnership with entertainment centre operator ...

BBC Studios signs major China deal for Hey Duggee thumbnail

BBC Studios signs major China deal for Hey Duggee

China's PPW will act as agent and licensee for the hit pre-school brand in Greater China, handling consumer products, events ...

Press Releases

Moorcroft is Chelsea’s Choice thumbnail

Moorcroft is Chelsea’s Choice

Moorcroft and RHS present the limited-edition vase Chelsea’s Choice, celebrating Chelsea Flower Show 18 Plant of the Year

Henson back catalogue hits Amazon thumbnail

Henson back catalogue hits Amazon

More than 100 days’ of The Jim Henson Company’s content including Fraggle Rock now streaming on Amazon Prime Video

Pingu cooks up creative competition thumbnail

Pingu cooks up creative competition

Readers of lifestyle mag Lettuce Club are tasked with inventing tasty Pingu-themed recipes

Diesel Brothers game rolls out thumbnail

Diesel Brothers game rolls out

The Diesel Brothers: Truck Building Simulator video game is based on the hit Discovery Channel TV series