Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame made history this weekend with a record-shattering estimated global debut of $1.2 billion, becoming the first film in history to surpass $1 billion in its opening weekend. It reached the billion-dollar threshold in just five days, 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.
In the U.S., the Marvel Cinematic Universe film took in a record-breaking estimated $350 million during its opening weekend, shattering expectations. The previous domestic record was held by Avengers: Infinity War, which opened last year to $257.6 million.
Internationally, Endgame has grossed an estimated $859 million, breaking the highest opening weekend haul of any film released internationally in the history of cinema. The Fate of the Furious, the previous record holder, had earned $443 million during its opening weekend in 2017.
Here is what Disney chairman Alan Horn had to say in a statement on Sunday.
“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, 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.”
A statement from Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
“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.”
And lastly a statement from the directors Joe and Anthony Russo, thanking everyone who helped this film become the success it is.
“We poured our heart and soul into ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ hoping to tell a story that would inspire audiences around the world. 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.”
A culmination of 22 interconnected films the fourth installment of the Avengers saga will draw audiences to witness the turning point of this epic journey. Our beloved heroes will truly understand how fragile this reality is and the sacrifices that must be made to uphold it.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Josh Brolin.
Produced by Kevin Feige, Avengers: Endgame is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (aka. the Russo Brothers) with Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trinh Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn, and Stan Lee as the executive producers. Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely wrote the screenplay.
Avengers: Endgame is in theaters now!