Avengers: Endgame breaks global box office records
Earth’s Mightiest Movie
Surprising no-one, Avengers: Endgame, the final piece of the MCU jigsaw, saw global box office records tumble over its opening weekend.The signs were good on Thursday evening when, after 12 months of frantic expectation post Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame pulled in $60 million after opening in various non US territories. It has now gone on to generate $1.2 billion worldwide, becoming the fastest film to break the $1 billion barrier, doing so in just 5 days.
Having snapped up most of the short term records previously held by The Force Awakens, including the biggest individual Friday, Saturday and Sunday grosses - which led to a record-breaking $350 million opening 3 day weekend - it now has to wait for the coming weeks to see how it fares against the other US Box Office landmarks.
Immediate Box Office returns tend to be the most flashy and are the ones that give an industry indication about whether a film is deemed a success or not but often the longer term benchmarks can be more illuminating.
For example, The Force Awakens holds the second and third biggest weekend records plus the overall US domestic gross of $936 million. Avatar holds the records for fourth to seventh weekend revenues before Titanic takes over with best eighth to twelfth weekends and it’s this ability to get US audiences repeatedly coming back to a movie which generates the really impressive all-time Box Office records currently held by James Cameron’s amazing one-two punch.
Can Earth’s mightiest heroes take on these twin titans to take the number 1 spot? The next few weeks will tell but with records tumbling, the signs are positive that it may best Avatar’s $2.79 billion haul from 2009.
Endgame garnered positive, even ecstatic, critical reviews and marks the culmination of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Spidey: Far From Home notwithstanding), which now consists of 22 movies.
Disney’s $4 billion purchase of Marvel Studios must be starting to look like a bargain now after the billion dollar double whammy of Captain Marvel and Endgame and it’s these mega-successful properties which the House of Mouse will be betting on to create a surge of subscribers for its Disney+ streaming service launching later in the year.
Source: www.bbc.co.uk, www.boxofficemojo.com, www.theguardian.com
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