With Marvel Studios having enjoyed billion dollar box office earnings since 2012's The Avengers, it seems that its bigger news when a Marvel Cinematic Universe film doesn't earn at least that much worldwide than when it does. And with Avengers: Endgame being one of the most eagerly anticipated films of the year, the big question surrounding the latest MCU film is not if it will earn at least a billion dollars globally, but when.
Last year, Avengers: Infinity War raked in $1 billion within eleven days of its wide theatrical release, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens' 2015 record as fastest film to earn that much at the global box office. The film went on to become the first summer blockbuster to earn over $2 billion at the worldwide box office, and stands as one of the highest earning films of all time.
With that in mind, how will Endgame's opening week box office compare?
When advance ticket sales first went on sale, the immediate demand was so high, servers on several sites offering presales temporarily crashed from the sheer amount of traffic. With the opening weekend for Endgame just days away, online ticketing sites are reporting domestic advance ticket sales range anywhere from $120-140 million; potentially up to five times as much as Infinity War's presale earnings.
While Endgame features a runtime over three hours, approximately 30 minutes more than Infinity War, the increase does not appear to be a deterrent. Opening weekend estimates remain so high, several theaters, including the massive AMC chain, will keep their locations open for 72 hours straight, with screenings running constantly across Endgame's entire opening weekend, from Thursday night through Sunday. As such, the upcoming MCU film's opening weekend is estimated to bank as much as $300 million from the domestic box office alone.
Of course, one of the biggest factors in box office success over the past several years has been overseas totals, especially from the growing cinema market in China. Infinity War had been the highest earning Hollywood film in the East Asian country last year, and the second highest overall, edging out strong competition from Venom and Aquaman. Endgame already appears poised to surpass its predecessor at the Chinese box office. Endgame has reportedly become the first film in the country's history to have over one million preorders. This record not only gives Endgame the highest preview night opening ever, surpassing 2017's The Fate of the Furious, it alone exceeds what Infinity War earned in its first five days of release in the country.
The bottom line is, Endgame is virtually guaranteed to surpass Infinity War as the fastest film to earn $1 billion worldwide. The film is well on its way to earn around $600 million worldwide from its opening weekend, with approximately half of that box office coming domestically, and the second largest market being from China. As such, it would not be a surprise for Endgame to reach the $1 billion mark within a week of its theatrical release.
As the culmination of the MCU's Infinity Saga, Avengers: Endgame completes a story first started in 2008 and told across 21 preceding films. This makes it one of the most eagerly anticipated films of all time. As audiences flock to theaters to see their favorite superheroes in action, some of them possibly for the last time, the film is poised to set all sorts of box office records on its way to becoming one of the highest grossing films of all time.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Brie Larson as Captain Marvel, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Danai Gurira as Okoye and Bradley Cooper as Rocket, with Gwyneth Paltrow Pepper Potts, Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan, Benedict Wong as Wong, Tessa Thompson as Valkyrie and Josh Brolin as Thanos. The film opens Friday worldwide.