An Avengers fan in costume arrives at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood to attend the opening screening of “Avengers: Endgame” in Los Angeles, California, U.S., April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Superhero movie “Avengers: Endgame” smashed box office records with global ticket sales estimated at $1.2 billion through Sunday, distributor Walt Disney Co said.
“Endgame” generated a jaw-dropping $350 million in the United States and Canada, the world’s largest movie market. The total far surpassed analyst estimates and the previous record of $257.7 million set a year ago by “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“Endgame” also set weekend records in China, Brazil, France, more than three dozen other markets, Disney said.
The three-hour action spectacle is the final chapter in a story told in 22 Marvel Studios movies since 2007. It features popular comic-book characters such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a battle against the supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin).
The movie picked up after an epic cliffhanger at end of “Infinity War,” when many beloved Marvel superheroes appeared to turn to dust.
Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Bill Trott