To my surprise, “Avengers: Endgame” is earning even more cash than I expected. As of this weekend, “Endgame” earned $145.8 million domestically, bringing its North American box office to $619.7 million. Internationally, the film’s earned a whopping $1.569 billion (about 72% of its global take to date), for a grand total of $2.189 billion. The film wrapping up the past decade of Marvel film storylines has clearly been successful.
That makes “Endgame” (running at three hours with no intermission because… reasons) the second-highest grossing film of all time globally, not adjusting for inflation. It’s surpassed the previous #2 spot holder, “Titanic.” However, “Endgame” will need another $600 million to claim the #1 spot, which is currently held by “Avatar.” Note other than “Titanic,” all of the 10 highest-grossing films were released during this decade, and mainly the latter half of the decade. They’re also mostly Disney-related efforts.
On the all-time domestic box office list, “Endgame” is as of this writing at #9 (just above “Incredibles 2”). The film should pass the seventh and eighth place holders, “The Avengers” and “The Last Jedi,” in about a day or so. No idea if it’ll reach or pass the top Marvel film holder, “Black Panther” (at #3 with $700 million). However, I doubt “Endgame” will reach the #1 spot, held by “The Force Awakens” (at $936.7 million).
Top 10 highest-grossing opening weekends (globally)
Here’s a Statista infographic listing the top 10 highest grossing opening weekend films worldwide.
Unsurprisingly, Disney-related films dominate this list, especially as far as superheroes are concerned. The only DC Comics-related entry’s the less-than-beloved “Batman V Superman.”
If wondering, I did see “Avengers: Endgame” this weekend. My spoiler-free assessment: the film was OK. However, my previous remarks about the modern movie-going experience and lack of intermissions for such a long film still stand. Also, I found some of the plot decisions/elements a bit muddled.
Image from “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” (Marvel)