'Avengers: Endgame' obliterates records with $1.2 billion global debut

The opening weekend of "Avengers: Endgame" demolished box office records with a stunning $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.
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Robert Downey Jr. in "Avengers: Endgame."Marvel Studios

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By Variety

LOS ANGELES — It's truly the Avengers' world. The opening weekend of "Avengers: Endgame" demolished box office records with a stunning $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.

Disney-Marvel's fourth and final Avengers superhero movie has captivated moviegoers, accounting for more than four of every five tickets sold domestically. "Avengers: Endgame" topped the year-old "Avengers: Infinity War" records by nearly $100 million domestically and a jaw-dropping $560 million worldwide. China generated an astounding $329 million over its five-day launch weekend.

The film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, has a star-studded cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin.

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"Avengrs: Endgame" is the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which launched in 2008 with "Iron Man." Those films have now eclipsed $19 billion in worldwide box office.

"'Endgame' represents the culmination of a decade long commitment of Marvel to the audience and the fans devotion to the beloved characters of the MCU," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. "This massive and historic debut shows that by delivering consistently great movies coupled with characters inhabited by perhaps the most perfectly cast group of actors in cinematic history, Marvel has literally rewritten the rule book and in the process has made box office history."

Critics have strongly supported "Avengers: Endgame" with a 96 percent score from Rotten Tomatoes — the second best ever earned by a Marvel release after "Black Panther" at 97 percent. ComScore/Screen Engine reported that 61 percent of this weekend's North American audience bought their tickets online ahead of time.

"Avengers: Endgame" is providing a badly needed jolt to the North American box office, which for 2019 down 16.7 percent to $2.94 billion as of April 24.

"The Avengers, by assembling the biggest movie debut in history, have proven that another of their superpowers is the ability to knock several percentage points off the year-to-date deficit," Dergarabedian said. "'Endgame' has truly started the momentum rolling on potentially the biggest revenue generating summer (and year) in box office history."

Imax reported that "Avengers: Endgame" broke its worldwide opening record with $91.5 million, 92 percent above previous record-holder "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

"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," said Disney Studios Chairman Alan Horn. "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."