The directors of Avengers: Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo, claims that the film’s opening weekend box office collection will never be broken. Avengers: Endgame, the centerpiece of a decade of MCU storytelling, was released in 2019 to rave reviews from audiences and critics.
The film unfolds after the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War, in which Thanos wiped out half of the universe’s population. Avengers: Endgame concludes MCU Phase 3 by saying goodbye to Chris Evans’ Captain America, and Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man.
For a time, Avengers: Endgame was the largest-grossing film of all time, surpassing James Cameron’s Avatar before being re-released and reclaiming the title. The worldwide gross for Avengers: Endgame is USD 2.79 billion, ranking second only to Avatar’s USD 2.92 billion.
Despite no longer being the highest-grossing film of all time, Avengers: Endgame still holds the record for its global opening weekend box officecollection of USD 1.2 billion. The last film by the Avengers team was Avengers: Endgame, but the superhero team will return to theaters in 2025 with Avengers: The Kang Dynasty.
Joe Russo recently mentioned that he believes Avengers: Endgame’s record-breaking launch weekend will never be surpassed by another film. Although the filmmakers do not elaborate on why they believe Avengers: Endgame will proceed to reign always. The uncertain theatrical landscape due to COVID-19 is most likely a major factor.
What Movie Could Break the Opening Weekend Record Set by Avengers: Endgame?
Since the COVID-19 pandemic forced movie theaters worldwide to close their doors for months, moviegoers’ habits have changed, with increased scrutiny paid to which movies are good enough to justify leaving the house. The release of recent hits such as Top Gun: Maverick, on the other hand, suggests that the tide may be turning again.
While Avengers: Endgame‘s launch weekend box office collection will likely stand for several years. However, future films have the potential to dethrone it. With Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars already in the works, it’s possible that either of these films could outperform Avengers: Endgame in terms of opening weekend records.
Can Avatar: The Way of Water beat the Opening Weekend Record Set by Avengers: Endgame?
Avatar has a massive fan base, and the film holds the record for the highest hiring film, so anything is possible. Before the release of The Way of Water, the original 2009 Avatar was re-released in September.
Its re-release propelled it past the 2.9 billion mark at the global box office. It demonstrates that viewers are still keen on Cameron’s science-fiction/ fantasy 3D epic, a non-MCU film that could eventually outperform Avengers: Endgame‘s opening weekend.
While China has recovered some ticket sales in recent months, the release of new blockbuster features has slowed after its Chinese New Year celebrations. Adding “Avatar” to its theaters is a way to increase attendance and provide operators with a much-needed boost at a time when no new films are being released.
“We are proud to have reached this great milestone, but Jim and I are even more thrilled that the film is back in theaters during these unimaginable times, and we want to applaud our Chinese fans for their support,” producer Jon Landau said. However the producers and the team are working hard on the next Avatar films and expect to continue this epic story for many years.
Avatar: The Way of Water, the first new film in the Avatar franchise, is set to be released on December 16, 2022. It will be one of five in the next ten years. Although the film had previously been licensed to build a territory at the Animal Kingdom theme park in Florida, Disney only recently acquired “Avatar.”
Considering 2009’s Avatar collection and how well franchises have performed at the box office, James Cameron may be preparing to tear multiple world records with The Way of Water.
However, the Avatar 2 trailer has received positive feedback. It would be interesting to see whether Avatar: The Way of Water can be Endgame’s record.
Although it’s unclear whether Avengers: Endgame will keep its opening weekend record indefinitely, the Russos are clearly onto something when it comes to the film feeling like the pinnacle of a certain era of superhero movie filmmaking.