LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Analysts predicted a huge opening weekend for Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame and they were right. Endgame smashed records in both North America, where it was the single biggest box office opening in history, earning $350.0 million, according to estimates compiled by Comscore.
Endgame was a smash hit in international markets as well, racking up an additional $859.0 million, adding up to a $1.209.0 billion worldwide debut, according to comScore.
Just about every box office record was toppled by Endgame, including Thursday preview revenue, single day grosses and the single biggest IMAX debut with $91.5 million. 3D was also a popular format for Endgame, and 3D showings accounted for 45% of overall box office revenue, Comscore said.
And while Endgame didn’t completely dispell Hollywood’s box office slump in 2019, it made a pretty big dent.
“Notably, the YTD deficit that was running at nearly 17% heading into the weekend has been reduced by an astonishing 3.5% in just one monstrous weekend and sets this up to be one of the biggest summer movie seasons ever,” said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
Endgame, which wraps up a decade-long storyline woven through previous Marvel Comics Universe films, featured an ensemble cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, and Brie Larsen, who reprised her role of Captain Marvel.
So far, the film, which clocks in at a hefty three hours, has been a hit with the public, who gave it 5 out of 5 stars according to Comscore’s PostTrak audience, and with critics, who gave Endgame a 96% fresh rating on film review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes.
Unsurprisingly, few other movies opened this weekend. Last week’s champion The Curse of La Llorona (Warner Bros.) slid to #3, taking in $7.5 million in its second weekend while Disney’s Captain Marvel managed to climb back to the number 2 spot in North American theaters, earning $8.051 million in its eighth weekend, per estimates compiled by Comscore.