Even before Avengers: Endgame came out, the movie was already breaking records, but last weekend saw the film making box office history.
According to the Walt Disney Company, Endgame is the first ever movie to ever earn upwards of a billion on its opening weekend. The movie has earned $1.209 billion on its global debut, with $350 million coming from domestic and $859 million earned internationally.
The last Marvel movie to cross the billion mark was Captain Marvel, but the film had needed upwards of a month to reach that number; Endgame did it in one weekend—just imagine what kind of money it would have made by the end of its theatrical run.
Head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige had this to say about the milestone:
“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… 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.”
For now, Avengers: Endgame has established itself as the behemoth of the box office right now, and films like Detective Pikachu and Godzilla: King of the Monsters are in for a fight. We don’t know if Marvel will be able to top this film in the future, but rest-assured it rewards the fans who have been faithfully following the franchise since 2008.
Catch Avengers: Endgame in theaters now.