Disney has yet another notch in its belt or should I say Infinity Stones in the Infinity Gauntlet, with Marvel Studios' new Avengers: Endgame making a record-breaking $1.2 billion over its opening weekend.
Avengers: Endgame is now the fastest movie of all time to cross the billion-dollar mark with $350 million made in the US over the weekend, and a huge $859 million in foreign box office. It has broken countless records with the largest worldwide opening, foreign opening weekend, opening day gross, single day gross, single day friday gross, single day Saturday gross, single day Sunday gross, and theater averages (wide releases) of all time.
Oh, you thought I was finished - no, there's more records that Avengers: Endgame broke. Avengers: Endgame broke other records including opening weekends, opening weekends in April, opening weekend in Spring, top 3-day grosses, rated PG-13 opening weekends, widest releases, widest opening releases, widest PG-13 rated openings, and widest PG-13 rated releases.
Surely I'm done, right? Wrong.
Avengers: Endgame is now the new record holder of fastest movie to $100 million, fastest to $150 million, fastest to $200 million, fastest to $250 million, fastest to $300 million, fastest to $350 million, as well as the single day Friday gross adjusted, single day Saturday gross adjusted, single day Sunday gross adjusted, and theater averages (wide releases) all-time adjusted.
I have to be done now, right? Again, you'd be wrong.
Box Office Mojo's charts also list Avengers: Endgame as the theater averages - wide opening weekends adjusted as well as the opening weekends adjusted - April, opening weekends adjusted, opening weekends adjusted - Spring, aaaaand rated PG-13, opening weekends adjusted.
It's safe to say, Marvel Studios has hit it out of the f***ing park with Avengers: Endgame.
I saw it at an 8:45AM session last week and thanks to Australian cinemas having it a day before US theaters, I could watch it and escape all of the spoilers and post-debut hype. It was worth it. The Russo Brothers have absolutely knocked a home run and one of not just the best comic book movies of all time, one of the best MCU movies of all time (I really, really liked Thor: Ragnarok) but one of the best movies of all time.
The reason? The Marvel Cinematic Universe is 22 movies strong (as well as TV shows and other tie ins) that culminates in Avengers: Endgame. There is nothing close to this experience in any other form in cinema, so Disney, Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, The Russo Brothers, all of the cast and crew of the movie and its associated moving parts deserve all of the records Avengers: Endgame has broken, and the ones it'll keep breaking.
James Cameron is the man to beat with both Titanic and Avatar home to the #1 and #2 all-time box office worldwide grosses, with Titanic hoarding $2.18 billion and Avatar with $2.78 billion. At this rate, it will be inevitable for Avengers: Endgame to break the all-time box office record in the next couple of weeks.
Could it go crazy and go over $3 billion? It seems so. Over $4 billion? It doesn't seem like a stretch right now... but whatever happens, Avengers: Endgame is home with its rightful place in cinematic history.