The box office universe clearly belongs to the comic-book studio Marvel, after the new movie “Avengers: Endgame” destroyed the all-time record for the biggest opening weekend in history.
The AP reports that the movie crushed expectations by pulling in $350 million domestically along with $1.2 billion globally. “Endgame” had been forecast for a domestic opening between $260 million and $300 million.
The Marvel release surpassed the record that was already held by the company, the $257.7 million domestic mark set last year by “Avengers: Infinity War.” That movie had inched past the old record of $248 million for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” although the “Star Wars” mark translated to about $266 million when adjusted for inflation.
“’Endgame’ was just as enormous overseas,” the AP notes. “Worldwide, it obliterated the previous record of $640.5 million, also set by ‘Infinity War.’ (‘Infinity War’ didn’t open in China, the world’s second-largest movie market, until two weeks after its debut.) ‘Endgame’ set a new weekend record in China, too, where it made $330.5 million.”