“Avengers: Endgame” Obliterates Weekend Box Office With Record-Smashing Debut

There was no doubt in anyone’s mind that “Avengers: Endgame,” the follow-up film to last year’s “Infinity War” and arguably the end of Marvel’s Phase 3 of superhero films, was going to be the number one movie of the weekend. There was also no doubt it was going to set a record for how high weekend box offices could gross for one film alone, based on the tsunami of preordered tickets and additional showtimes. The real question was how much money the film would make. Some thought the film could hit as high a record-breaking total as $300 million, never before seen for an opening domestic gross. Well, they were a bit off.

“Avengers: Endgame” debuted to a weekend gross of (brace yourself) $350 million. And that’s just domestic. Wrapping in the international box office debut numbers, the film has globally made $1.2 billion. This is an insane amount to make on its first weekend and there’s no telling how far it could stretch with such a massive box office take right out of the gate.

Marvel Studios’ CAPTAIN MARVEL..Captain Marvel (Brie Larson) ..Photo: Film Frame..©Marvel Studios 2019

Naturally, this left no room at the box office for much else to eat up the ticket sales so no new films bothered to try this week that wasn’t in limited release. The remaining films, however, did alright. Not surprising, “Captain Marvel,” the last Marvel film before “Endgame” starring Brie Larson as the titular hero, jumped up considerably in the box office from #4 to #2, with a weekend total of $8 million. Since the film first debuted at the beginning of March, it has been another Marvel box office hit, having now made $413.5 million domestic and a worldwide gross well over $1 billion.

Also jumping up at a bit was Disney’s “Penguins,” the nature documentary on, well, penguins. It wasn’t much of a jump though, going from #12 to #10, only making $1 million for the weekend with a domestic gross of $5.7 million, kicking out the R-rated superhero epic “Hellboy” which has fallen well out of the weekend top 10.

View the full top 10 box office weekend results below:
Avengers: Endgame ($350,000,000)
Captain Marvel ($8,051,000)
The Curse of La Llarona ($7,500,000)
Breakthrough ($6,304,000)
Shazam! ($5,520,000)
Little ($3,438,000)
Dumbo ($3,239,000)
Pet Semetary ($1,290,000)
Us ($1,141,000)
Penguins ($1,051,000)