'Avengers: Endgame' obliterates records with $1.2B opening
This image released by Disney shows, from left, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Karen Gillan, the character Rocket, voiced by Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd and Scarlett Johansson in a scene from ‚ÄúAvengers: Endgame.‚Äù (Disney/Marvel Studios via AP)
NEW YORK -- "Avengers: Endgame" has shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in domestic ticket sales and $1.2 billion globally.
The Marvel Studios superhero blockbuster far exceeded even its own gargantuan expectations. The movie's domestic haul blew past the previous record of $257.7 million, set last year by "Avengers: Infinity War."
"Endgame" was just as enormous overseas. Worldwide, it obliterated the previous record of $640.5 million, also set by "Infinity War."
To accommodate demand, the Walt Disney Co. released "Endgame" in more theatres than any opening before. Advance ticketing services set new records. And some theatres even stayed open 72 hours straight.