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After a full year of waiting, Avengers: Endgame is finally in theaters and, to very little surprise, the film is doing extremely well at the box office. Marvel's epic blockbuster was the biggest pre-seller ever in Fandango history, and it's already had the best opening day ever domestically. However, the film opened on Wednesday in China, and it's racing toward an unprecedented $324 million opening weekend.
Avengers: Endgame is the culmination of 11 years of films, and fans around the world are packing into theaters to see how the Avengers resolve the cliffhanger ending of Avengers: Infinity War. Domestically, the blockbuster is killing it right now. The film made more than $150 million opening day, including $60 million from Thursday previews.
Endgame is currently projected to make over $300 million when the North American weekend closes -- which is INSANE -- but China's forecast is just as high. Marvel's big finale opened in China two days earlier than the domestic premiere, so it had a bit of a head start going into the weekend.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Endgame cruised at record speed to finish Friday in the range of $210 million to $220 million. On opening night, the film earned $107.2 million, smashing China's all-time single-day record. The previous title holder was a Chinese blockbuster called Monster Hunt 2 at $85 million.
But that's not all. It was originally projected that Endgame would take home around $270 million during it's five-day opening in China. However, now analysts have raised the bar and believe that the film could bow to $324 million, spurred by terrific word of mouth.
To put that into perspective, Endgame has made almost as much money during its opening weekend as the entire runs of the top three movies of the country. The other three films are The Fate of the Furious ($392.8 million), Furious 7 ($390.9 million) and last year's Avengers: Infinity War ($359.5 million).
Endgame is poised to defeat each one of those movies, and the only real question is by how much? Analysts predict that the movie will gross as much as $521 million in China over the course of its full run. This would make Endgame the very first Hollywood movie to gross over half a billion dollars in a single market outside of North America.
Again, that's INSANE.
So, combined with a projected $300 million domestic debut, Endgame could wrap up the weekend with as much as $950 million worldwide. The film is also poised to become the first ever movie to launch with $1 billion.
Well, it looks like everyone in the world is seeing Avengers: Endgame this weekend, so I imagine that you are too! Come back to CinemaBlend after you see the film to check out all the questions we have about the movie. And be sure to report back here tomorrow (Sunday, April 28) to read our full weekend box office rundown.