Spoiler alert: In Avengers: Endgame, Thanos tells earth’s mightiest heroes that he is inevitable.
Opening domestically in 4,662 theaters, it was inevitable that the Marvel Studios film, the end of a 22-film saga, would break all box office records.
According to The Wrap, the $156.7 million opening day is 31% higher than 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens which yielded $119.1 million.
The Friday total includes $60 million from Thursday night previews, which on its own set a new record for the highest gross ever recorded on a Thursday box office.
Endgame is also now the fastest film ever to gross $100 million domestically after just 17 hours of screenings. The previous record was set by Avengers: Infinity War last year at 21 hours.
Add an international cume of $487 million and an estimated $82.4M from Saturday’s screenings in China, and the Infinity Saga finale has already passed the $900M mark, virtually guaranteeing that it will hit $1B by Monday.
These are earth’s mightiest box office heroes.
With the film at 96% on Rotten Tomatoes, second only to Black Panther’s 97%, Avengers: Endgame can probably set its sights on toppling James Camerons’ 2009 Avatar which stands at $2.79 billion. Avengers: Infinity War came somewhat close by earning $2.05 billion.
The Russo Brothers film has received praise from critics and worldwide acclaim from audiences, with both calling it a satisfying and moving finale to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s 11-year saga.
How many times have you seen Endgame already?
Source: The Wrap