When preorder tickets for Marvel Studios' highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame launched this morning, crowds of fans headed online to secure their seats. The response was so intense that the massive amounts of Internet traffic even caused movie sites to implement long loading times for purchases.
Movie experts already knew that Endgame would generate enormous revenue, but reports are now coming in that Earth's Mightiest Heroes' latest big screen adventure broke the record for ticket pre-sales in a 24-hour period.
THIS JUST IN: Not only did #AvengersEndgame become the biggest pre-sale title ever in the first 24 hours, but it accomplished this feat in only six hours. A groundbreaking and historic accomplishment. https://t.co/k2Dahcl0pB— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) April 2, 2019
Erik Davis, a Managing Editor for Fandango, broke the news on Twitter, calling it "A groundbreaking and historic accomplishment." The record was previously held by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which sold over $50 million pre-sale tickets over the course of 24 hours. However, not only did Endgame crush those numbers but it did so in just six hours.
These numbers prompted the veteran movie expert to elaborate on his comments, saying, "I hesitate to call
#AvengersEndgame the most anticipated movie of all time, but in all honesty the numbers this one is putting up are extraordinary. I have been doing this for a good while - you all know this - and I have never seen anything like this before."
As it currently stands, Marvel Studios occupies the first and fifth slots for highest first-day ticket presales, both courtesy of the Avengers movie pantheon. In fact, the other movie within the top five is Endgame's predecessor, Infinity War, which shattered several box office records in 2018.
Avengers: Endgame will pick up the story where Infinity War left off. The movie, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Benedict Wong, Jon Favreau and Bradley Cooper, with Gwyneth Paltrow and Josh Brolin. The film arrives on April 26.