A Look at the Records ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Hopes to Beat
Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is just around the corner, and while the film is expected to dominate the box office on opening weekend, it could crush a few larger records as well. Marvel and Disney hold domestic records in almost every month, from highest-grossing openings to highest-grossing of all time, but internationally Marvel hasn’t been able to dominate all of the charts. The studio usually falls a little short in total box office sales, the closest its ever come is fourth-place overall with “Avengers: Infinity War.” With all of the hype surrounding “Avengers: Endgame” the movie has a chance to turn that around and set new records around the world.
Marvel and Disney are often times competing against themselves when it comes to domestic opening records. “Avengers: Infinity War” has the highest domestic opening record of all time, coming in at $257M. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has second-place on the chart with $247M, and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has third-place with $220M.
The “Avengers: Infinity War” $257M domestic opening weekend is also the highest-grossing opening for the month of April. That’s also the same month that “Avengers: Endgame” is releasing, so the new Marvel installment could steal that record from “Infinity War” as well. Universal’s “Furious 7” is in second-place with $141M on April’s chart, and Disney’s “The Jungle Book” has third-place with $103M.
Domestically, the highest-grossing film of all-time is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which ended its theatrical run with $936M. “Avatar” currently holds second-place with $760M, and “Black Panther” has third-place with $700M.
Moving on to the international records, Marvel also already holds the record for the highest-grossing opening worldwide. “Avengers: Infinity War” made $640M during its worldwide opening in 2018, and that is the record to beat. “The Fate of the Furious” holds second-place in this category with a $541M worldwide opening, and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” holds third-place with a $529M global opening.
Opening weekends are a great record, but no Marvel film has cracked the top three in worldwide box office totals. “Avatar” leads the chart after the film pulled in over $2.78B during its theatrical run, and “Titanic” has second-place with its $2.1B total. The Disney machine does have third-place, thanks to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and the film’s $2.06B theatrical total. The highest-grossing Marvel movie in the international category is “Avengers: Infinity War,” which made $2.04B in 2018.
Assuming that “Avengers: Endgame” will be rated PG-13, the same as “Avengers: Infinity War,” the film will need to gross over $936M worldwide to beat “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” As for the PG-13 opening record, “Avengers: Infinity War” currently holds the highest opening in that rating with $257M.
Anthony and Joe Russo, the same team that directed “Avengers: Infinity War,” directed “Avengers: Endgame” for Marvel Studios. The film will feature Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Karen Gillan, Paul Rudd, Josh Brolin, Brie Larson, Bradley Cooper (Voice), Elizabeth Olsen, Evangeline Lilly, Letitia Wright, Chadwick Boseman, and Gwyneth Paltrow. There will most likely be a few surprises as well.
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