So how much has Avengers Endgame earned so far?
By now, we all know by now Avengers:Endgame has demolished several box office records. With a $1.2 billion global opening, it smashed the several records held by Infinity War and completely blew box office predictions out of the water by significant portions.
It is the only film in history to cross the $1 billion mark for its debut. You may know that it brought in $357.1 million domestically its opening weekend, but we Endgame fanatics want to know how much it’s made on opening night, that Saturday and Sunday
How Much Did Endgame Make Opening Night?
In short, $158 million. That said, you’ll see that $158 million number quoted often for first day sales or opening night ticket sales, but “first day” and “opening night” apparently includes both Thursday preview showings and actual opening Friday show times, so for the sake of this post, we separated the two day takes with help of Deadline:
Note, Saturday is technically higher than Friday, if you back out the record $60M Thursday night previews. That would put Friday at $98.3M, and Saturday’s ticket sales at a 11% surge.
Here’s the day-by-day breakdown of how much Avengers: Endgame earned in its first several days of release as well as the records it broke (when applicable). Keep in mind that this is just for domestic (U.S.) box office takes.
|Date||Day||U.S. Earnings||Previous Record||By|
|April 25||Thursday||$60m||$57m||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|April 26||Friday||$98.3m||$62.1m||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|April 27||Saturday||$109.2m||$82m||Avengers: Infinity War|
|April 28||Sunday||$90.3m||$69.2m||Avengers: Infinity War|
|April 29||Monday||$36.9m||$40m||Black Panther/Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
|April 30||Tuesday||$33.1m||$37.3m||Star Wars: The Force Awakens|
Endgame Breaks Records, But “Suffers” Non-Holiday Release
Endgame broke a ton of records on their way to the first film to hit $3 billion. Essentially, every day of its opening weekend broke records. This includes the record for the highest-grossing Thursday previews ($60 million), the highest-grossing single day ($156.7 million on Friday), Saturday take ($109.2 million) and Sunday earnings ($90.3 million) as well as breaking all types of records in China.
As you can see from the table above, Endgame came up short of Monday and Tuesday records when it earned “only” $37 and $33.4 million. Both Endgame earnings placed the 3 hour film third all-time.
For Monday, Black Panther and Star Wars: The Force Awakens both earned $40 million Mondays following opening weekend. The one thing to know about that, as an Endgame apologizer, is that both Black Panther and Star Wars benefited by releasing on or near holidays. In 2018, Black Panther opened on President Day’s weekend (February 16, 2018) while the first of the Star Wars sequel trilogy opened at the start of the Christmas holiday (December 18, 2015).
Among all Tuesdays, Avengers: Endgame fell third behind Star Wars again ($37.3M, Dec. 22, 2015) and another superhero film: Sony’s 2012 The Amazing Spider-Man which earned $35M and was released on July 3, 2012 for the huge July Fourth weekend. Again, both of those films had the good fortune, no pun intended, of having holiday weekends/weeks to propel them to those record numbers. But who’s counting anyway?
Will Avengers Endgame Become Highest Grossing Movie of All-Time?
It hasn’t even been a week since the Thursday preview screenings and Avengers: Endgame is already #10 all-time in box office earnings with $1.34B — that’s approximately half of the $2.79b that Avatar, the #1 grossing film of all time, brought in. In just five days.
That’s impressive, but Endgame still got a ways to go. The question to whether Endgame can be the highest grossing film in history comes down to whether it can maintain its momentum overseas (primarily) and domestically (secondarily). As of Wednesday, May 1st 2019, here are the top 10 films in regards to all-time box office earnings.
|Rank||Film Title||Studio||Global Box Office||Domestic $||Overseas $||Year|
|3||Star Wars: The Force Awakens||BV||$2,068.20||$936.70||$1,131.60||2015|
|4||Avengers: Infinity War||BV||$2,048.40||$678.80||$1,369.50||2018|
|6||Marvel's The Avengers||BV||$1,518.80||$623.40||$895.50||2012|
|8||Avengers: Age of Ultron||BV||$1,405.40||$459.00||$946.40||2015|
The three-hour duration of the movie was a concern when many box office projections were made for Endgame, but now that we know that didn’t hurt the film in terms of it’s earnings, the three hour run time can now considered a benefit. Considering that the film wraps up a decades-worth of Marvel films, there’s a lot of details that may be missed in the first viewing. There’s a lot of timelines to keep track of and a lot of plot to digest and that usually means multiple viewings. From Cinema Blend:
Avengers: Endgame’s box office run should be a long one, as it’s a dense movie that seems to invite multiple showings. The Russo Brothers included everything and the kitchen sink, including surprising cameos, references to past Marvel films, and a ton of breathtaking action. With so much in play, it’s easy for you to miss moments on the first screening. So fans will be going to multiple screenings, and shelling out even more money over the next few weeks.
Even having watched it twice already, I know that I’ll watch it at least a couple more times. Now will everyone else?
Other References: “Avengers: Endgame” Smashes Records and Dominates the Box Office (Motley Fool), Avengers: Endgame Scores Third Highest Monday Box Office Haul (CBR)