Avengers: Endgame Lands in First With a Snap

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In Avengers: Endgame, Thanos refers to himself and his dastardly actions as an “inevitability.” But he could’ve been describing the financial fate of the film itself.

It seemed indeed inevitable that Endgame would finish the weekend No. 1. The real question was by how much. Could it earn more than the $257.7 million its forebear, Avengers: Infinity War earned last year, giving it the biggest opening weekend ever? Would it obliterate the record, earning perhaps as much as $300 million? Perhaps $315 mil?

Turns out, even those outlandish guesses weren’t nearly outlandish enough. Early returns suggest that Endgame earned a beat-skipping, jaw-dropping, gum-swallowing $350 million in its first weekend of North American action, turning Infinity War’s old record into so much cosmic dust. And according to Box Office Mojo, that record-setting take will likely grow when the receipts are officially tallied later this weekend.

Just how dominant was Endgame? Not only did it best its nearest competitor (fellow Disney/Marvel blockbuster Captain Marvel) by, oh, about $342 million, it earned more than seven times the rest of the box office combined. (The other 44 movies in theaters earned a paltry total of $42.2 million.) It took a month for Captain Marvel—the year’s biggest blockbuster for another day or so—to earn the same amount of money that Endgame collected in just a little over three days.

And we’re only talking about the United States and Canada so far. Look overseas, and Endgame’s numbers get even more ludicrous. It’s already earned $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening frame, almost double the previous record of $640 million (set by Infinity War). And we’ve barely scratched the record surface. According to The Wrap, Endgame has broken 144 box-office records already. By the time we reconvene next week, Disney and Marvel may have earned enough money to buy, say, Switzerland.

Believe it or not, moviegoers did see other things beside Endgame. Captain Marvel held pretty strong in the face of its titanic stablemate, likely because some folks wanted to see it before stepping into Endgame. It earned $8 million, which nudged it ahead of last week’s champ, The Curse of La Llorona ($7.5 million). That means that Linda Cardellini, who plays the terrified mom in La Llorona and Hawkeye’s wife in Endgame, is having a pretty memorable weekend. (So is Brie Larson, of course, who plays Captain Marvel, but that’s kind of a given, right?)

The Christian drama Breakthrough, meanwhile, continues to impress in its own more modest way. It finished fourth with $6.3 million, pushing its total haul to $26.1 million.

Shazam! closes out the week’s top five with $5.5 million, which kinda sorta means that three Captain Marvels had places of honor in the weekend’s five biggest movies.

But for now, most eyes will be on Endgame. The only real question now is, how high will this movie’s box office go?

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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Sarah Bowersox 6 months ago
Hi! So I'm a Marvel fan and I was really looking forward to the epic conclusion of an 11-year era. Avengers: Endgame was indeed the epic conclusion that Marvel fans like me were waiting for! Even some of the things that were thought to be impossible happened anyways!
However, I had one problem with it. I was disappointed that they included an allusion to homosexual dating. That is not something that the media should be promoting to children and their families. If they had a version of the movie that you could purchase WITHOUT that certain scene, I would purchase it on DVD. But as far as I know, they don't have a version like that. If anyone knows of a version like that, they should let people know about it because that would be awesome!
Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Saw Endgame today and thought it was great! Wasn't prepared for how funny it was going to be, to be honest!

I thought the time travel element, as fun and engaging as it was, was also a little confusing. Is Thor having his hammer in the second half of The Dark World, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the beginning of Ragnarok now no longer cannon? I guess maybe I shouldn't look too hard into it (as Rex Dangervest once said, time travel can be confusing; it's best just to go with it).

Aside from that, I had a really great time. Loved the endings and the sendoffs for all the original Avengers. Made me cry a little to be honest (didn't cry as much as I did during the ending of Spider-Man PS4, but still).

Wasn't too excited to see Spider-Man: Far From Home before seeing Endgame, but now I'm more interested!
Anonymous 12 months ago
I had something in my eye at several parts in the movie. And I agree Spider-Man: FFH is going to be pretty awesome. The time travel stuff was kind of confusing and no, I think Thor's hammer probably got returned somehow. I need to rewatch the movie a couple more times. Then I think the time travel will make since XD.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse

Also, It's a good thing you weren't looking on PI there were some lame'O's trying to spoil it. SPOILERS: (They spoiled Nat's death to me). 
Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

They did? That's a bummer! Admittingly, I did sorta see her death coming while I was watching the film. When she and Hawkeye left for Vormir, it started to hit me that she would be the one to sacrifice herself.

The only problem about her death is that I now no longer want a Black Widow movie. Even if it's a prequel (and it probably will be), it doesn't feel right to give her own movie now that she's dead. It's like how Disney killed off Han Solo in episode VII only to then make a prequel about him.

I was also surprised at how little Captain Marvel was in the film. With the way Kevin Feige and Brie Larson kept hyping up the character as the most powerful character in the MCU, I assumed she would of played a much bigger role (rather than just show up at the beginning and end).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw Endgame last night, it was pretty good. I cried when Shrek had to sacrifice himself yo use the Infinity gauntlet to stop the Bionicle lien of toys from being canceled so that they could stop Thanos by making him step on a Lego barefoot.

-Evan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say spoilers but I doubt anyone who hasn't seen the movie would understand this anyway. XD

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Shaggy teaming up with Pepsiman was easily the best part of the film!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It stinks that a beautiful sweet movie like Penguins is being overshadowed by yet another overblown comic book movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off. Endgame is not Overblown. It is a movie that has been built up over the last 11 years. It is the climax of 21 movies. 

Penguins is fine. I will see it on Disney+ probably. But Endgame deserves the spotlight.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous 12 months ago
Based on the scene by scene analysis I read on Wikipedia, and the preview of the movie itself it does seem to be overblown to me. The way people are reacting to the thing and the amount of money it's made already makes it seem like the second coming of Christ or something.
Karl The Klown More than 1 year ago
@pluggedin_Mods 
Come'on guys. The post where I called out the below commenter as trying to troll by giving massive spoilers was removed, but his spoiler troll post is still up for everyone to see?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Non-Mouse aproves of this post.

Posted By You-Know-Who (Not either of those You-Know-Who's)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Who are to other “you know who’s”.

-A normal tortilla chip
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi Anonymous, I think you were confused for another poster who has been purposely spoiling the movie because they're a troll. I also thought you were the same person. I think everyone here would appreciate spoiler warnings next time, so they can also enjoy the movie.  I'm sorry it upset you; hopefully it won't deter you from remaining a commenter on PluggedIn.  :) 
-C
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will you edit your post to say SPOILER WARNING at top? Just because you don't want to accidently ruin it for anyone. #don'tspoiltheendgame

SPOILER WARNING! READ WITH CAUTION!

But I agree with you completely. Except for the Peggy/Steve part (which was amazing) but I feel like it was overshadowed by my favorite scene in the whole movie, which was when Tony talked to his Dad (even Jarvis made a cameo!). I tried really hard to cry. It was a great moment, especially considering he dies later in the movie.

Posted By A-Non-Mouse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
#thanosdemandsyoursilence-
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