Avengers: Endgame has finally arrived, completing a story arc that has spanned a decade and more than 20 films. It’s been clear for a while that this blockbuster would bring in an impressive take, but after the first night of screenings we’re getting an idea of just how much.
Deadline reports that the film’s Thursday night screenings brought in $60 million, toppling the record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens at $57 million. For the purposes of tabulating, Thursday evenings are counted as part of Friday’s box office take, which industry estimates say could reach around $130-140 million. If so that would beat the total Friday record, also set by Force Awakens at $119 million.
And that might not be the end of the records. Industry watchers think the full weekend box office take could top $300 million. Even getting close to that point would be enough to beat the opening weekend record set by Avengers: Infinity War, which brought in just over $257 million.
We’ve known for quite a while that Avengers stood a good chance at breaking records. Initial estimates put it at a $200-250 opening weekend, which would have just missed the Infinity War record. But even those estimates were couched in reminders that the Infinity War’s own estimates pegged it at an opening of $180-225 million, and it blew past those easily.
Then we got word that ticket presales were already outpacing several other blockbusters combined. Deadline estimated earlier this week that Endgame could break opening weekend records, and that appears to be happening.
It also remains to be seen if Endgame will match or exceed Infinity War in total global sales at just over $2 billion. Even if it does, it will still need to go a lot further to take down the current reigning champion of total global sales: Avatar, with $2.78 billion.
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