(This article contains no spoilers)
Earth’s mightiest heroes are bruised and broken after Disney’s (DIS) “Avengers: Infinity War.” While Marvel’s heroes are limping going into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s (MCU) latest installment of “Avengers: Endgame,” the film’s sales are expected to be a cinematic powerhouse.
Early projections put the film at roughly a $300 million domestic open this weekend. That’s well ahead of recent MCU hits like ‘Black Panther’ ($202M), ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ $257.6M and ‘Captain Marvel’s’ $153.4M domestic openings.
If that doesn’t impress you, estimates for this weekend’s global box office is as much as $900 million dollars. If these numbers are close to resembling the actual gross, it would easily become the highest global hit of any movie; topping this films last installment of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ of $640.5 million dollars.
Disney originally bought Marvel for roughly $4 billion in 2009. That investment has paid off considerably. Before “Avengers: End Game” is released everywhere, the MCU has 11 years, 21 movies and $18.6 billion of global ticket sales under its belt.
That dollar figure will jump exponentially come Friday. The three largest theater chains in America — AMC Theatres (AMC), Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Theatres (CNK) — have have added extra viewings in anticipation of this weekend’s massive rush. Some theaters across the country are even showing an MCU marathon. AMC theaters is getting ready for a 22 movie MCU marathon (58 hours, 37 minutes), but don’t worry, you’ll get a 20 minute break in between for naps and bathroom breaks.
Fandango, the movie ticket selling website, crashed when “Avengers: End Game” pre-ticket sales became available. Disney does not reveal pre-ticket sales. However, Fandango did reveal the scope of how the film sold.
According to reports, “Avengers: End Game” sold 5 times as many advanced tickets as “Avengers: Infinity War.” Atom Tickets and Fandango revealed that the film doubled the combined pre-ticket sales of “Captain Marvel,” “Aquaman,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
No matter how you crunch the numbers, Disney is going to be laughing its way to the bank this weekend.