Disney’s latest blockbuster Avengers: Endgame broke box office records like never before. In its opening weekend, it earned $1.2 billion globally. It’s the eighth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to have crossed the billion-dollar mark and it’s the fastest films that have earned so much.
It surpassed the opening day records of the Star Wars franchise movie ‘The Force Awakens’ with a $305 million global box office and Endgame went to earn around $350 million in the US and Canada over the course of the weekend.
Disney’s franchise films have firmly dominated the box offices in past years. Star Wars: The Force Awakens made records in 2015 by obtaining $517 million hauls worldwide on its opening weekend; Black Panther earned $426 million on its opening weekend (and quickly hit the $1 billion mark), while last year’s Avengers: Infinity War earned $630 million on its opening weekend and became the fastest movie ever to cross the $1 billion mark. However, Avengers: Endgame was able to cross the $1 billion mark soon because of China. It earned $329 million in China during the opening weekend and it’s the opening records set in 44 nations.
Endgame isn’t the only Disney film to join that club this year. Captain Marvel crossed the line earlier this month.
The huge success at the box office didn’t happen in a night — it’s a big payoff for Marvel’s superhero franchise that started 11 years ago with Iron Man. That film consisted of an end-credits scene that opened up the possibility of the larger, interconnected universe which has since played out over 22 films.
Avengers: Endgame is the fruit of a year’s worth of labor for that bigger story, building on the characters and stories which came with each film.