In news that will come as a surprise to exactly no one, Avengers: Endgame is tracking to bring home some big box office bucks when it lands in theaters this April. According to Researcher Exhibitor Relations (and common sense), Endgame is on track to best Avengers: Infinity War and set a new opening weekend record. As of right now, Endgame is tracking for a $282 million opening weekend haul, which would shatter the $258 million record set by Infinity War last year.
Of course, we’re still months out from the film’s theatrical debut so the numbers are liable to shift, but it would be pretty surprising if Endgame failed to top Infinity War. After all, the fourth Avengers film represents the culmination of a decade’s worth of filmmaking in the MCU and it comes on the heels of one of the biggest cliffhangers in movie history — we’re all dying to know what happens after the snap.
Indeed Researcher Exhibitor Relations senior analyst Jeff Block noted in an e-mail that one of the few factors that could affect the opening weekend tally would be a runtime over three hours. Marvel has yet to confirm the running time for the film, but directors Joe and Anthony Russo recently told us that it still sits around the three-hour mark in the edit. That wouldn’t just be the longest movie in MCU history, it would also limit the number of screenings per theater, per day.
Either way, Endgame is undoubtedly on track to become one of the biggest hits of the year — and possibly of all time. As of now, Disney holds nine of the biggest domestic opening weekends of all time (Jurassic World is the lone holdout in the #4 spot). The bigger question mark right now is Captain Marvel, which arrives in theaters a month ahead of Endgame, introducing the long-awaited debut of the comic icon played by Brie Larson. Captain Marvel is currently tracking for an opening weekend of upwards of $100 million domestic, but as Black Panther proved last year when it swiped the #1 box office spot for 2018, Marvel’s new and exciting titles can pack an even bigger box office punch than the epic crossover films (Infinity War took the #2 spot). Either way, Disney appears to be on track for yet another record-breaking year at the box office.