Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame took Thor’s hammer to previous box office records, producing an estimated global debut of $1.209 billion. This makes Endgame the first film to surpass $1 billion in its opening weekend.
The film reached the billion-dollar threshold in just five days. That’s more than twice as fast as its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War, which held the record at 11 days. The film also set domestic and international records, earning an estimated $350 million domestically and $859 million internationally.
“Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theater both in terms of storytelling and at the box office,” says 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.”
Seven years after releasing the first film to break the $200 million mark in its debut (2012’s The Avengers), Marvel Studios and The Walt Disney Studios have posted the first-ever $300 million domestic debut in history with Avengers: Endgame. The film kicked off with a record $60 million in Thursday previews, contributing to a record first-day gross of $156.7 million. A record estimated Saturday of $109 million and a record estimated Sunday of $84.3 million brought the estimated debut to $350 million across three days from an all-time industry high 4,662 theaters.
The estimated international debut of $859 million is also the highest of all time. In China, it grossed a record estimated debut of $330.5 million. It even surpasses the previous global debut record of $640 million set by Avengers: Infinity War last year. (This did not include a day-and-date debut in China). The film is already ranking as the No. 4 non-local film ever released there.
Additionally, internationally, the film posted the biggest industry opening weekend across all regions and in 44 markets. This includes Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, France (admissions, non-local), Italy (non-local), Spain, and the UK/Ireland. It had the biggest industry single-day grosses in 29 markets. This includes Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, and UK/Ireland.