Avengers: Endgame💎 Fever Set to Make It First $1Bn Film in under a Week📆
If any movie is critic-proof, it is Avengers: Endgame, the culmination of 21 previous titles in the wildly popular Marvel Cinematic Universe, which began with 2008’s Iron Man.
Pre-sale records have already been destroyed by the cinematic colossus, with the film, which is released on Thursday, selling more advance tickets in its first 24 hours than any other title in history, as even lukewarm aficionados of the franchise race to watch the film on its first weekend, before spoilers assail them.
Yet immunity to bad reviews has proved academic: a slew of five-star write-ups met the official lifting of the embargo on Tuesday night, with the Guardian’s Peter Bradshaw among those declaring the film a fitting, satisfying – and surprising – final fling.
Avengers: Endgame holds a 96% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and word from cinemas is that both loyal devotees of the franchise and fly-by fans exit happy.
So keen is the appetite for the film that predictions for the opening-weekend haul hover around $850,000 (£657,000), and it looks certain to take more than $1bn in less than a week of release.
In the US, the film will open in 4,600 theatres – the widest release ever – and is on course for a series-best domestic opening-weekend box office of around $300m. The territory that should nudge it over the $1bn mark so soon, however, is China, where the film opens today and is predicted to make around $250m from its opening weekend.
The previous film in the series, Avengers: Infinity War, made almost $200m in China, where it opened a fortnight later than in most other countries. That movie currently holds the record for the biggest worldwide opening in history, with $640.5m.