Weekend Box Office

 digitaltrends.com  04/29/2019 00:37:12  21  Rick Marshall

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame was expected to break a lot of box-office records, but just how many records the film has already broken after one weekend in theaters is still a shock.

The sequel to�Avengers: Infinity War, which brings Marvel’s 11-year “Infinity Saga” to an end and marks a major turning point in the studio’s interconnected superhero universe, made a massive $350 million in U.S. theaters over the course of its opening weekend. It performed just as well internationally, raking in a grand total of $1.2 billion worldwide.

Ticket sales of this magnitude are far beyond anything Hollywood has seen in recent years from any films — and that includes Infinity War, which set quite a few records of its own.

# Title �Weekend � �U.S. Total�
1. Avengers: Endgame $350M $350M
2. Captain Marvel $8M $413.5M
3. The Curse of La Llorona� $7.5M $41.2M
4. Breakthrough $6.3M $26.1M
5. Shazam!� $5.5M $131.1M
6. Little $3.4M $35.8M
7. Dumbo $3.2M $107M
8. Pet Sematary $1.2M $52.6M
9. Us $1.1M $172.8M
10. Penguins $1M $5.7M

Among the records broken by�Avengers: Endgame already, the film now has the biggest opening weekend for any film ever made, both domestically and worldwide. In both cases, Infinity War was the previous record-holder, and�Endgame beat that film’s domestic premiere by nearly $100 million in U.S. theaters and almost doubled its worldwide debut.

Avengers: Endgame also set a new record for crossing the $1 billion mark worldwide, having reached that point in just five days — an achievement that took� Infinity War a then-record 11 days.

The opening weekend for�Endgame also set new records for IMAX and 3D screenings, beating record-holders Star Wars: The Force Awakens and�Infinity War, respectively, for the best debut in each format. It also contributed to the biggest weekend of all time for U.S. theaters, giving the industry its first $400 million weekend domestically. (The weekend in which Infinity War premiered was the previous record-holder with $314 million in ticket sales.)

Outside the U.S., Endgame had the biggest international opening weekend of all time, crushing the $443 million that Fate of the Furious made outside the US with more than $859 million in ticket sales. Contributing to that particular record was the $330.5 million it made in China, the second largest movie market in the world, where it now has the biggest opening weekend of all time.

Ticket sales are one thing, but�Avengers: Endgame matched those gaudy numbers with equally impressive reviews.

The film currently has 96% positive reviews from professional critics, second only to Black Panther among the best-reviewed films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It also received a rare “A+” grade from ticket-buying audiences, suggesting that there haven’t been too many people (if any) leaving the theater disappointed with Marvel’s latest blockbuster.

With�Endgame doing this kind of business in theaters, it’s certain to be the top movie in theaters for weeks to come — but that doesn’t mean competing studios are avoiding new releases altogether.

Arriving in theaters this upcoming weekend is the Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron comedy�Long Shot, as well as the animated feature Uglydolls, based on the toy line of the same name. Vigilante thriller�El Chicano also debuts in select theaters.

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