How Avengers: Endgame’s domestic opening-weekend box office record ($357.1) is not going away anytime soon
By Stephen Ippolito | Feb. 18, 2020
On April 2, 2019, advanced tickets for Avengers: Endgame went on sale during the morning hours. I like millions of people across the globe, tried to purchase my tickets to the fourth installment in the series. However, when I went to my AMC app to buy tickets, I found that my app froze when I got to the purchase screen. I next tried on my laptop but still the same thing. Then I went on Twitter to see if others were having the same issue. Sure enough, I saw that I was not alone. Nearly everyone was posting about how they could not get their advanced tickets due to system delays and crashes. AMC, Atom Tickets, Fandango, they were all having the same issues. Fearing that I would be left out from purchasing tickets, I drove to my local AMC at 9:30 am and bought my tickets. Funny enough, I was not alone. About 40 people were waiting in line to do the same thing.
During presales, Endgame reportedly grossed over $120M in the USA and Canada alone. Fandango announced that it broke the first 24 hours of advance tickets sales record, held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Funny enough, it said it only needed six hours to accomplish the feast.
Leading up to the premiere (April 26th-28th), Endgame was expected to best the domestic opening-weekend record set by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.6M) a year earlier. What was not expected was that it would beat it by nearly $100M when it took in $357.1M. Blowing by everyone’s expectations, it grossed $157.4M on Friday(Includes $60M from Thursday night previews), $109.2M on Saturday, and $90.3M on Sunday. All would be records for each day.
No analyst, even on their high estimates, had predicted Endgame’s domestic weekend numbers. The film would go on to gross $858.4M domestically and $2.798B worldwide, which would pass 2009’s Avatar and make it the highest-grossing film of all-time worldwide.
Still, the more crowning achievement, in my opinion, was the domestic weekend record. Endgame beat its predecessor by a staggering 38.6%, a higher percentage than the previous ten record-setting films.
Who will overtake Endgame?
Looking ahead, it’s tough to predict who will overtake Endgame’s $357.1M weekend total. There’s no question that it will happen; it’s just when. With inflation and the cost of tickets going up almost every year, it’s only a matter of time before the fourth Avengers installment is dethroned.
At the moment, films in 2020 (Black Widow, Wonder Women 1984, James Bond: No Time to Die) do not look like they have the same amount of anticipation and “buzz” but stranger things have happened, I guess.
2021 seems to be shaping out better (Avatar 2, Jurassic World 3, The Batman, Thor: Love and Thunder, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness), but other than Avatar 2, I still think Endgame will still be king. A better prediction might be that Avatar 2 takes back it’s all-time world record. Domestically however, it just seems that after 12 years since the original, there’s not as much buzz for the series stateside.
Beyond 2021, not much is known about releases. Black Panther 2 is slated for May 2022. In 2018, The first installment opened to $202M. I could see that overtaking Avengers: Infinity War ($257.6M) for second place, but $357.1M seems too much for a standalone Marvel character film, even if it is Black Panther.
The next Star Wars film is not slated until December 2022, but with Episodes 7-9 declining each time in its opening weekend, it’s tough to see the franchise getting a significant boost three years after The Rise of Skywalker.
So what film will overtake Endgame? The answer, I believe, is the next Avengers film! Not much is known about the fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise. Marvel Studios has been tightly lipped on the next “event” film in the MCU. There have been no recent reports on any information, but one thing is for sure, there will be more in the series.
If I had to guess, you are looking at least five years. Marvel likes to build anticipation for there films, so, over the next couple of years, you will probably get after-credit scenes containing hints. Thanos was teased this exact way in the first Avengers (2012) film. It builds more anticipation the longer fans have to wait.
So whether it’s 5 or 10 years down the road, I predict that the next installment in the Avengers series will be the one to take down Endgame. Until then however, Endgame will be king of the domestic opening weekend box office.