Can “Avengers: Endgame” Become The Biggest Film Of All Time?


Three weeks into its theatrical run, it’s clear that Avengers: Endgame is not just the biggest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date, but one of the biggest films ever released. Having set a ton of records at the box office during its opening weekend, the MCU epic has continuously climbed the all time list since then, leading to a question of just how high it can go. That’s the question today…can Avengers: Endgame become the biggest film of all time, at least in terms of box office? Read on to see, but at the very least, the flick is headed for very rarified air.

A quick refresher. The film is the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, to date. No spoilers, so I’ll simply say that we pick up after Thanos (Josh Brolin) snapped half of the universe out of existence at the end of Avengers: Infinity War. Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Nebula (Karen Gillan) are adrift in space. The remaining heroes back on Earth, including Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are at a loss for how to cope, but being Avengers, they can’t help but try to make a last ditch effort to save the day. That goes…differently than planned, though truly sets the plot into motion. When Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) re-emerges from the Quantum Realm, possibilities emerge. Without spoiling what happens, the grandest adventure yet begins. Plus, the rumors are true, in that essentially all fo the material seen so far in Trailers and TV spots has been from the very early parts of the flick. You have about two and a half hours (or really more, actually) of unseen material to feast your eyes on. Anthony Russo and Joe Russo once again direct, with another screenplay coming from the duo of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Cinematography is by Trent Opaloch and the score again comes from Alan Silvestri. As for the rest of the cast, it’s massive, but you’ll have to see that for yourself.


On opening weekend, these are the records that Avengers: Endgame set (along with what it beat, where applicable). Take a look, in case you missed it when I posted it that Sunday, courtesy of Box Office Mojo:

Largest Thursday Previews: $60 million
Previous Record: $57 million (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Widest Opening: 4,662 theaters
Previous Record: 4,529 theaters (Despicable Me 3)
Largest Friday, Opening Day and Single Day: $156.7 million
Previous Record: $119.1 million (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Largest Saturday: $109 million
Previous Record: $82.1 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Largest Sunday: $84.3 million
Previous Record: $69.2 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Domestic Opening Weekend: $350 million
Previous Record: $257.69 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
#1 Movie Market Share: 90%
Previous Record: 84.5% (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Highest Per Theater Average (Wide Opening): $75,075 / 4,662 theaters
Previous Record: $59,982 / 4,134 theaters ()
Largest April Opening, Spring Opening, PG-13 Opening and 3-Day Gross: $350 million
Previous Record: $257.69 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Biggest Weekend Overall (Top 12 Gross): $389 million
Previous Record: $305.55 million (Dec. 18–20, 2015)
Fastest to $100 Million: 1 Day
Previous Record: 1 Day (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Fastest to $150 Million: 1 Day
Previous Record: 2 Days (Avengers: Infinity War)
Fastest to $200 Million: 2 Days
Previous Record: 3 Days (Avengers: Infinity War)
Fastest to $250 Million: 3 Days
Previous Record: 3 Days (Avengers: Infinity War)
Fastest to $300 Million: 3 Days
Previous Record: 5 Days (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Fastest to $350 Million: 3 Days
Previous Record: 6 Days (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
International Opening Weekend: $859 million
Previous Record: $443.15 million (The Fate of the Furious)
Worldwide Opening Weekend: $1.2 billion
Previous Record: $640.5 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Global 3D Opening Record: ~$540 million
Previous Record: ~$366 million (Avengers: Infinity War)
Global IMAX Opening Record: $91.5 million
Previous Record: $47.6 million (Star War: The Force Awakens)

So, as of yesterday, here is where we stand at the box office. After taking in a third weekend haul of $63 million, Avengers: Endgame soared past the $700 million mark. The domestic cume stands now at $723 million, good for third all time, having shot past another Marvel Cinematic Universe offering in Black Panther. In the next few days, it will assuredly become number two, domestically, passing Avatar and leaving only Star Wars: The Force Awakens to beat. Worldwide, it now stands at nearly $2.5 billion, having only Avatar to beat there. The latter seems likely to fall, though the former may be a tougher proposition.

My best guess is that Avengers: Endgame passes Avatar at the worldwide box office to become champ there, threatening even to get to the incredible $3 billion mark. On the domestic side of things, getting close to $900 million seems about right, though passing Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which has $936 million to its name) might be a bit of a longer shot. It can happen, though getting to $1 billion domestically is now probably a pipe dream, unless Marvel has something new up their sleeves. That’s possible, but perhaps unlikely. Sit tight and we’ll all find out together just how high this MCU powerhouse can go…


Stay tuned to see if Avengers: Endgame can become the all time box office champ!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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