'Avengers: Endgame' smashes global box office records with $1.2 billion weekend debut

The film surpassed expert predictions along with the earnings of its predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War


                            'Avengers: Endgame' smashes global box office records with $1.2 billion weekend debut

By JAKE COYLE

NEW YORK (AP) — "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."

(From left) Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige with Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on April 23 (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP)

"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 theaters than any opening before. Advance ticketing services set new records. And some theaters even stayed open 72 hours straight.