The debut of the final installment of the Avengers series, Endgame, has resulted in a major box office win for Marvel. The post-Easter release of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest, highly anticipated venture has already resulted in almost every major record being broken. The movie ticket distributor Fandango has claimed Endgame is the biggest pre-selling film in the company’s history, outstripping The Force Awakens.
There have also been 8,000 sold-out screenings for the film, and that it sold five times as many tickets in the first week of presales as its predecessor in the Avengers series, 2018’s Infinity War. On top of this, it has become the film with the highest ticket sales within the first 24 hours – something it accomplished only six hours after tickets became available to the public.
The film has already hit $1.2 billion in worldwide gross for its opening weekend. In fact, it is the fastest that a movie has ever crossed the billion dollar mark on opening weekend. Deadline has compiled a comprehensive list of the many, many box office records that Avengers: Endgame has broken. It is staggering.
Despite its relatively humble origins with 2008’s Iron Man, the trajectory of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been one from glory to glory, with many of the films achieving both critical and commercial acclaim, and becoming the most successful film series in history, as well as earning over $10 billion globally. Origin stories based on popular Marvel comic book characters like Captain America and the Hulk have led to the franchise blossoming, culminating with the four Avengers films bringing the different characters and their strengths, failings, powers and loyalties together.
With the Avengers films leading to the deaths of various beloved characters, wild speculation has preceded both Infinity War and Endgame as to the fates of the various major players in the MCU. As a result, fans have been strongly encouraged not to share spoilers on social media during the initial release periods of the films.
So far in 2019, this seems to have mostly been adhered to, and directors the Russo Brothers have praised fans’s efforts not to ruin the experience for those who have yet to see Endgame.
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