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.