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All the box office records that “Avengers: Endgame” instantly annihilated

By Adam Epstein

At the end of Avengers: Infinity War, Thanos destroys half of all life in the universe with a snap of his fingers. That film’s sequel, Avengers: Endgame, just obliterated every box office record in existence almost as quickly.

The culmination of Marvel’s decade-long, 22-film cinematic universe, Avengers: Endgame was always going to be a massive blockbuster. But the ease with which the superhero film has made box office history has surprised even the most optimistic of analysts. The film made an unfathomable $1.2 billion worldwide in its first weekend, shattering the opening total of its predecessor, Infinity War ($640 million), like a mighty swing of Thor’s hammer to one of Thanos’s alien minions.

Endgame‘s $1.2 billion opening is just one of many records that won’t be broken any time soon—if ever. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker could pose a threat to some of the Marvel superhero movie’s accomplishments, but either way, Disney is thrilled, as it owns both Marvel and the Star Wars production company, Lucasfilm.

RecordTotalPrevious record holder
Biggest global opening weekend gross$1.2 billionAvengers: Infinity War ($640 million)
Biggest international (non-US) opening weekend gross$859 millionThe Fate of the Furious ($443 million)
Biggest US opening weekend gross$350 millionAvengers: Infinity War ($257 million)
Biggest 3D opening weekend gross$540 millionAvengers: Infinity War ($366 million)
Biggest IMAX opening weekend gross$91.5 millionAvengers: Infinity War (48 million)
Biggest opening weekend gross adjusted for inflation38.8 million tickets soldStar Wars: The Force Awakens (28.5 million tickets sold)
Biggest weekend per-theater average$75,000Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($60,000)
Biggest opening day gross$157 millionStar Wars: The Force Awakens ($119 million)
Biggest weekend market share90%Avengers: Age of Ultron (85%)
Fastest to $100 million17 hoursStar Wars: The Force Awakens (21 hours)
Fastest to $350 million3 daysStar Wars: The Force Awakens (6 days)
Fastest to $1 billion5 daysAvengers: Infinity War (11 days)
Fastest to the realization that we all live in a dystopian monoculture run by one impossibly powerful corporationFar too quicklyAll the other Avengers movies

For perspective, the $1.2 billion Endgame made in its first three days already puts the film 18th on the list of highest-grossing films ever, ahead of films such as Aquaman, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. When all is said and done, Endgame will likely pass the $2 billion mark worldwide and could threaten Titanic for the honor of the second highest-grossing film of all time.

Despite its mammoth success, Endgame is still unlikely to catch up to the $2.7 billion mark set by James Cameron’s Avatar in 2009. There’s always next year, Disney.