Avengers: Endgame continues to amaze with the records it keeps breaking. After besting Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the biggest Thursday previews, it now can claim the biggest single day and opening day record with $156.7 million in 4,662 theaters. This includes that record $60 million in Thursday previews.
That blows away the previous single day opening record of The Force Awakens with $119.2 million and also exceeds Infinity War‘s opening of $106.3 million. The Force Awakens ended up setting a new opening weekend record with $248 million but then Infinity War beat that last year with $258 million. It’s looking very likely that Endgame will blow both those numbers out of the water with $330 million or more by Sunday.
You can also see how those numbers compare to other previous box office records with the numbers listed on yesterday’s box office update.
Right now, we’re looking at a box office phenomenon unlike any we’ve ever seen before with showtimes across the country selling out as people flock to see Marvel’s powerhouse 22nd movie as soon as possible. Besides its amazing 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from critics, Endgame has also received a rare “A+” CinemaScore, which generally means there could be a lot of repeat business from satisfied audiences.
We’ll know sometime tomorrow by how much Avengers: Endgame surpassed that unprecedented $300 million opening, but there’s little question that it might be a long time before we see another movie create such a phenomenon… at least not until J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in December?
Even crazier? Marvel’s other movie Captain Marvel, which has been out for seven weeks and has already grossed $400 million domestically will probably be the #2 movie for the weekend. It grossed $2.5 million on Friday just ahead of last week’s #1 Curse of La Llorona, which took third place.
Check back on Monday for the full box office report.
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.