I’ve been keeping an eye on box office numbers since 1991 when Terminator 2: Judgment Day hit the screen. I’ve seen records set and broken but I have to admit that even I’m surprised at the mind-boggling grosses Avengers: Endgame is racking up.
The current estimated global opening weekend for the pic is $1.1 billion and it looks like it’s going to score about $350 million of that in the US. These are the sorts of numbers most successful movies make at the end of their run – not in their opening weekend.
The Marvel comic book adaptation stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin – but star power isn’t factor here. It’s demand for seeing these spandex loving characters on screen.
Avengers: Infinity War banked $257 million on its US debut, topping out at $678 domestically and over $2 billion worldwide. Endgame will probably top this number and I imagine something like $750 million domestically and $2.5 billion globally is likely. It’ll be front loaded for sure, but at this level it doesn’t really matter. It’ll be in profit come Monday morning.
On a presonal level, the first record-breaking US opening weekend that I remember was Batman Returns’ $45 million launch. That was in 1992 and that sort of numbers isn’t a drop in the ocean to what Avengers Endgame has banked. Having said that, ticket prices were lower then.