Avengers: Endgame is already one of the biggest movies in the world, thanks to a global opening that broke the billion dollar mark. In addition to all of the fans who attended screenings starting Thursday night, at least one Avengers: Endgame star was also in attendance, as Anthony Mackie let everybody know on Thursday that he would be in the audience of one particular showing, so that he could see the movie with a general audience.
Mackie had been to the World Premiere of Endgame a few nights previously, but he said on social media that he wanted to see the movie with a crowd of fans, the general population as he puts it, as well. It's one thing to see a movie in a theater full of those people who helped make it, but the Falcon actor wanted to also see how the serious fans would respond.
Endgame clearly is a movie for the fans. It is a culmination of the franchise to this point, but it's also a celebration of the entire concept of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It's something fans have been waiting to see, so of course Anthony Mackie wanted to see just how good a job had been done in their eyes.
For that, you show up to the first screening on Thursday night. That theater will be full of people who could not wait at all to see the film. On the one hand, they're clearly already sold on the MCU, but on the other hand, if there's something they don't like, they're very likely to let you know.
Unfortunately, there's no follow up tweet where Anthony Mackie tells us what the experience of watching Avengers: Endgame with a general audience was like, but based on everything we do know, we can guess it went pretty well. Fans and critics alike have been praising Endgame left and right. For a franchise that has built over 20 films in just over 10 years, the film that was designed to end many stories and send the MCU in a new direction people largely agree has done so in a near perfect way.
Considering that the film brought in an estimated $350 million domestically and $1.2 billion worldwide on its opening weekend, it seems quite clear that fans loved the movie. You can bet that many of those ticket sales went to people already seeing the movie for at least a second time. It seems like almost the entire world saw the movie this weekend, the only question now is, are there enough people left to see it in order to send the box office numbers even higher?