So will the grand finale of the Avengers series be able to top its blockbusting predecessor? Not only is “Endgame” on pace to replace “Infinity War” as the top-grossing Avengers film, it’s poised to take out the highest grossing film ever, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Box Office Mojo has provided a breakdown of the box office numbers so far for “Endgame,” and they are stunning: It has grossed the most in single-day receipts in many countries in which it’s opened, including China, where it’s already taken in $169 million (with preview showings included). The second-biggest international box office gross is South Korea, where the film also earned record first-day numbers, $8.4 million.
“Debuts in Australia ($7m), Philippines ($3.9m), Hong Kong ($2.7m), Taiwan ($2.6m), Thailand ($2.4m) and Malaysia ($2m) were all single day records,” Box Office Mojo reports, as was the film’s $2.5-million opening in Indonesia. “Endgame” earned the second highest single-day receipts in Italy ($5.8m) and the third highest in Germany ($5.6m). In France, it scored the highest gross of all the Avengers films ($6m).
Domestically, the film is poised to potentially surpass the $937 million-grossing “Force Awakens.” Citing Fandango.com, Box Office Mojo says “Endgame” has already sold out 8,000 showtimes and “has now officially become the company’s largest pre-seller,” surpassing J.J. Abrams first Star Wars film.
The sales are so far outpacing demand that theaters are reportedly announcing new showings by the hour. The film is opening in 4,662 theaters today, a vast majority of those including 3D options.
“Infinity War” currently holds the top place among the previous three Avengers films, grossing $679 million domestically and a total of $2,048,359,754 worldwide. The first film in the series, “Marvel’s The Avengers” grossed $623 million domestically and $1.5 trillion globally. “Age of Ultron,” the second Avengers installment, earned $459 million domestically and $1.4 trillion globally. The highest grossing Marvel film domestically is “Black Panther,” which took in $700 million in the U.S. and a total of $1.3 trillion worldwide.
Along with the record-breaking first-day numbers, “Endgame” boasts second-highest Rotten Tomatoes rating of any of the Marvel films: 96% “certified fresh” (“Black Panther” scored a 97%). The review site’s succinct summary of critical response sure sounds promising: “Exciting, entertaining, and emotionally impactful, Avengers: Endgame does whatever it takes to deliver a satisfying finale to Marvel’s epic Infinity Saga.” A few excerpts from reviews via the site:
“A decade of Marvel movies culminates in three hours of (awesome) fan service.” – Sonny Bunch
“It’s simultaneously a beautiful send-off, a greatest hits tour and a lap of honour. This is Marvel celebrating Marvel, and it is thoroughly deserved.” – Matt Looker
“Where Infinity War was all bombast, Endgame offers reserve. Where Infinity War wrought intergalactic devastation and destruction, Endgame delivers intimacy and an examination of grief, loss and very private regret.” – Tom Glasson
“A truly incredible and virtually unparalleled moviegoing experience that I can’t wait to have again as soon as possible and many more times beyond that…Mission accomplished.” – Colby Bryant