Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, exploded onto the screens with a record-breaking first weekend. Experts had estimated the much-anticipated epic superhero’s opening weekend could reach $300 million domestically, and it easily accomplished that feat. Marvel Studios reports Endgame rang up $350 million domestically and an additional $859 million internationally for a historic $1.2 billion bow.
“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,” said directors Joe and Anthony Russo.
Avengers: Endgame now stands as the first movie ever to pass the $1 billion mark over its opening weekend.
“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,” stated Kevin Feige, President, 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.”
“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,” said Alan Horn, Chairman, The Walt Disney Studios. “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.”
The PG-13 rated conclusion to this phase of the MCU entered theaters with a 96% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Cinemascore reports audiences awarded Avengers: Endgame an A+ average score.
Avengers: Endgame Records, Courtesy of Marvel Studios:
- #1 domestic ($350M) opening weekend
- #1 international ($859M) opening weekend
- #1 global ($1.2 billion) debut
- #1 domestic Thursday previews ($60M)
- #1 domestic single-day gross and #1 domestic Friday gross ($156.7M)
- #1 domestic Saturday ($109M) and Sunday ($84.3M) grosses; Saturday is first $100M+ day without previews
- #1 China opening day ($107.8M) and opening weekend ($330.5M). Currently ranks as the #4 non-local film ever released there
- Fastest film to $1B globally (5 days)
- 8th Marvel Studios film to cross $1B; 2nd to cross $1B this year (with Captain Marvel)
- Biggest industry opening weekend across all regions and in 44 markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, France (admissions, non-local), Italy (non-local), Spain, UK/Ireland
- Biggest industry single-day grosses in 29 markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, UK/Ireland
- Biggest IMAX global debut ($91.5M)
The cast includes Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, Bradley Cooper as the voice of Rocket, Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine.