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'Avengers: Endgame' shatters records with $1.2 billion opening


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The Marvel model for success 04:07

New York (CNN Business)The Avengers assembled the biggest box office in film history, far surpassing multiple records on the books.

Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Endgame" made an estimated $1.2 billion at the worldwide box office for its opening, according to Disney (DIS). It is the only film in history to cross the $1 billion mark for its debut.
It broke the previous record by hundreds of millions of dollars. Its prequel "Avengers: Infinity War" formerly held the record making $640 million for its opening last year.
The film, which started rolling out internationally on Wednesday, took just 5 days to cross $1 billion.
    "Endgame" also shattered the opening record in North America. The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, brought in an estimated $350 million domestically this weekend. That makes it the biggest opening weekend ever, blowing away the previous domestic record of $258 million that "Infinity War" made.
    The Marvel film somehow exceeded its own huge expectations. Analysts predicted last week that the film could make anywhere from $260 million to $300 million domestically.
    The film grossed an estimated $859 million overseas. That crushes the record for the biggest opening weekend internationally, which was held by 2017's "The Fate of the Furious."
    The film's global domination was propelled by China. "Endgame" has made $330 million there.
    "We're watching a monumental moment in the history of cinema unfold -- one that the entire world is experiencing together," said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Boxoffice.com.
    Robbins added that the film is the "pay off Disney and Marvel have been promising" over its last decade of blockbuster films.
    Marvel Studios has made nearly $20 billion at the worldwide box office over the last 10 years.
    "Though 'Endgame' is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend's monumental success is a testament to the world they've envisioned," Alan Horn, Walt Disney Studios' chairman, said in a statement.
    Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at Comscore(SCOR), said that "Endgame" signals a "momentous end of an era" but now opens the door for "a new and exciting chapter for the future of the Marvel brand."
    "This will extend to the small screen as well with Disney + on the horizon," Dergarabedian said. "We will likely see a lot of synergy between the big and small screen."
    "Endgame" was also a huge hit with critics.
    The film, which clocks in at roughly three hours, has garnered acclaim from critics and moviegoers. It holds a 96% score on review site, Rotten Tomatoes and an A+ CinemaScore.
    "Endgame" became a cinematic event with thousands of sell outs and movie theater chains running around the clock adding showtimes to meet the demand of moviegoers.
      Will we ever see a film reach these box office heights again?
      "It could be awhile, but never say never," Robbins said. "Records are made to be broken, but no one in their right mind can argue there's been one more impressive than this."


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      "Avengers: Endgame" Chaos: A Spoiler-Induced Beating, Uncontrollable Crying, and Dangerously High Heart Rates


      HIGHLIGHTS:  A 21-year-old woman in China was hospitalized for uncontrollable CRYING after she saw "Avengers: Endgame" over the weekend.  A guy in Hong Kong revealed spoilers outside a theater, and got beaten up.  And fans with smart watches have been posting screenshots of their heart rates SPIKING during the movie.



      FULL STORY:  Not all the craziness around "Avengers: Endgame" this weekend was GOOD craziness.  Here's a round-up of Avengers-related chaos . . .



      1.  A guy in Hong Kong walked out of a screening, and started LOUDLY revealing spoilers while people were waiting in line to see it.  So several fans stepped out of line to BEAT HIM UP.  And there's a photo of him being treated by medical staff.



      2.  A 21-year-old woman in China had to be hospitalized for uncontrollable CRYING after seeing the movie.  She started hyperventilating, so her friends took her to the ER.  She also had chest pain, muscle spasms, and numbness in her limbs.



      3.  Fans on Twitter were so amped up, they forgot how to spell.  They kept spelling "Avengers" with an "R" instead of an "N."  So the hashtag "AVERGERS Endgame" was trending for a while. 



      4.  Fans with smart watches have been posting screenshots of their heart rates SPIKING during the movie.  We've seen as high as 180 beats per minute.  But so far, there haven't been any reports of the film actually KILLING anyone.




      Originally posted on April 29th, 2019

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      "Avengers: Endgame" Is Breaking Every Box Office Record


      HIGHLIGHTS:  "Avengers: Endgame" was even bigger than expected . . . delivering a massive $350 MILLION debut at the box office this weekend.  It also made $1.2 BILLION worldwide.  Both those numbers SHATTER the previous records, which were both set my "Avengers: Infinity War" last year.



      FULL STORY:  "Avengers: Endgame" probably had more hype than any other movie in HISTORY . . . and yet, it somehow still managed to EXCEED expectations.



      Opening weekend projections for "Endgame" started at around $250 million last month and grew to $300 million over the past week or two . . . but it ended up raking in $350 MILLION in the U.S., and $1.2 BILLION worldwide.



      That shatters the previous records of $257.7 million domestically, and $640.5 million globally, which were both were set by "Avengers: Infinity War" last year.



      "Endgame" is the fastest movie to ever top $1 billion globally, doing it in just five days. It took "Infinity War" 11 days. 



      And "Endgame" ALREADY ranks as the 18th largest worldwide release ever . . . and the sixth largest worldwide release in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  The 22 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe have now grossed over $19.8 billion worldwide, and NINE of them have topped $1 billion at the global box office.



      Of course, there was no competition . . . because no other major movie wanted to share an opening weekend with "Endgame".



      Here's the Top 10 . . .



      1.  NEW "Avengers: Endgame",  $350 million


      2.  "Captain Marvel",  $8.1 million.  Up to $413.6 million in its 8th week.


      3.  "The Curse of La Llorona", $7.5 million.  Up to $41.3 million in its 2nd week.


      4.  "Breakthrough", $6.3 million.  Up to $26.1 million in its 2nd week.


      5.  "Shazam!",  $5.5 million.  Up to $131.1 million in its 4th week.


      6.  "Little",  $3.4 million.  Up to $35.8 million in its 3rd week.


      7.  "Dumbo",  $3.2 million.  Up to $107 million in its 5th week. 


      8.  "Pet Sematary",  $1.3 million.  Up to $52.6 million in its 4th week.


      9.  "Us",  $1.1 million.  Up to $172.8 million in its 6th week.


      10.  Disneynature's "Penguins",  $1.1 million.  Up to $5.7 million in its 2nd week.



      For what it's worth, Deadline.com says that when the dust settles the final opening weekend numbers for "Endgame" could be even higher . . . at around $354.4 million.



      (Here are more on the individual records "Endgame" broke.)



      (And last we checked, "Endgame" had a 96% critics score on RottenTomatoes.com, and a 92% audience score.)

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