Avengers: Endgame Brings In $1.2 Billion At The Box Office
Avengers: Endgame has smashed all kinds of box office records bringing in an eye-watering $1.2 billion worldwide (£929.26 million).
Previous Marvel offerings have also dominated at the box office - Avengers: Infinity War brought in $630 million (£487m) on its opening weekend and became the fastest movie ever to hit $1 billion (£774,260,000), until now.
Endgame's box office figures were boosted thanks to the $329 million (£254m) it made in China - whereas Avengers: Infinity War wasn't released in the country until two weeks after it was released elsewhere.
#AvengersEndgame dominated domestic and international box office, smashing records for a historic $1.2 billion global debut. Here's a rundown of the top performers at the domestic #boxoffice for the weekend of April 26 to 28. pic.twitter.com/RLIngnAOvD- IMDb (@IMDb) April 28, 2019
Avengers: Endgame tickets accounted for more than four out of every five tickets sold at US cinemas this weekend - just let that sink in.
Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn told Variety: "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."
The film is the 22nd in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and had an unreal star-studded cast, which includes Paul Rudd, Robert Downey Jr., Brie Larson, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson and Josh Brolin. The franchise was launched all the way back in 2008 with Iron Man - the films have pulled more than $19 billion at the worldwide box office.
So I just saw #AvengersEndgame, and you guys aren't ready for shiiiiit. All the theorizing didn't prepare you for this. I cried a lot, I flung my hands in the air and screamed out loud. It's incredible. #EndgamePremiereLA #Avengers #Endgame- Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) April 23, 2019
The movie is proving popular with critics and audiences, with reviewers called it an 'a masterful epic' and 'an astonishingly amazing film'. On Rotten Tomatoes it has a solid 96 percent - the second strongest start to a Marvel release with only Black Panther having a higher score of 97 percent upon its release.
Erik Davis from Fandango, tweeted to say: "Not going to spoil anything at all, but I will say I laughed, I cried, I cried, I cheered, I laughed, I cried again and then the entire audience gave it a massive standing ovation. And then I cried again. Be ready, kids. Be. Ready."
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