The Endgame has arrived and it is smashing all kinds of records.
Avengers: Endgame has officially made history as it has raked in $350 million in North America and $859 million overseas for a stunning global bow of $1.2 billion.
On the Canadian side, We can confirm that Avengers: Endgame is the biggest opening weekend film of all time in Canada. Endgame has beat the Canadian record for best opening weekend previously held by Avengers: Infinity War. It is projected to gross $28.5 million in Canada alone.
“Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office,” said 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.”
Endgame‘s opening performance overseas was even more impressive. The epic, which rolled out Wednesday, finished Friday with a three-day international bow of $487 million. That was already the biggest international opening of all time, eclipsing The Fate of the Furious at $443 million. Globally, Endgame‘s early total through Friday stood at $643.7 million.
The Russo brothers shot Endgame back-to-back with last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, the previous record-holder for biggest global opening at $640.5 million and biggest domestic debut $257.6 million. Endgame had the advantage of opening day and date in China.
“From the very beginning with Iron Man, all we’ve wanted to do was tell stories that brought these characters to life onscreen the way we’ve experienced them as fans of the comics,” said Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios. “That we’ve had so many other successes in this journey leading to this unbelievable result with Avengers: Endgame has been almost entirely due to the fans around the world who have supported us through it all. Our directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, and our writers, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, really brought this story home, and I am also incredibly thankful for our cast and filmmakers from across the MCU and all who’ve worked so hard to make these films the best they can be, including the amazing teams at Marvel Studios and Disney. And of course, without Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, none of this would have been possible.”
Infinity War took 11 days to hit $1 billion, versus five for Endgame, and topped out at $2.04 billion globally. Box office analysts are now playing the guessing game as to if Endgame will be the film to dethrone James Cameron atop the box office mountain. Titanic and Avatar grossed north of $2.5 billion and $2.7 billion respectively.
“We poured our heart and soul into ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ hoping to tell a story that would inspire audiences around the world,” said directors Anthony and Joe Russo. “Our family of cast and crew felt honored to be entrusted with bringing the Infinity Saga to a close. To Kevin Feige, everyone at Disney and Marvel, and the incredible, global community of fans – thank you.”