Avengers Shatters Global Box Office With $1.2B Debut

Variety reports:

It’s truly the Avengers’ world. The opening weekend of “Avengers: Endgame” demolished box office records with a stunning $350 million in North America and $1.2 billion worldwide.

Disney-Marvel’s fourth and final Avengers superhero movie has captivated moviegoers, accounting for more than four of every five tickets sold domestically. “Avengers: Endgame” topped the year-old “Avengers: Infinity War” records by nearly $100 million domestically and a jaw-dropping $560 million worldwide. China generated an astounding $329 million over its five-day launch weekend.

The film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, has a star-studded cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin.

CNBC reports:

Internationally, “Endgame” has grossed an estimated $859 million, breaking the highest opening weekend haul of any film released internationally in the history of cinema.

“The Fate of the Furious,” the previous record holder, had earned $443 million during its opening weekend in 2017.

“Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office,” Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement Sunday.

Fox News reports:

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean “Shady” McCoy didn’t care about spoiling the end of “Avengers: Endgame.”

The NFL player was slammed by social media users after he divulged information from the highly-anticipated Marvel Studios movie on his Twitter on Friday despite directors Anthony and Joe Russo and the entire cast asking fans to not spoil the movie for others. They even created the trending hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame.

Many Twitter users slammed the football player for ruining the movie just hours after it was released. Bills fans who were searching for news about the NFL draft on Friday instead learned about the “Avengers” plot twist. McCoy’s actions even prompted one fan to start a petition calling for the player’s contract with the Bills to be terminated.

Fox, which just sold its movie arm to Disney, includes the spoiler in the above-linked story.