The hype is real. Less than six hours after they became available, advance ticket sales for “Avengers: Endgame” have smashed first-day sales records on both Fandango and Atom Tickets.
Fandango reports that ticket sales for the “Infinity War” sequel passed what “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” sold on the site in the first 24 hours in just a quarter of the time. “We’ve never seen anything like this,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “It’s truly a groundbreaking accomplishment — as fans simply cannot wait to see how this epic saga comes to a close.”
Atom Tickets, meanwhile, reports that “Endgame” quadrupled the first-day sales record set by “Aquaman” in just a few hours. In the first hour alone, the site sold triple the number of tickets that “Avengers: Infinity War” sold on Atom last year.
Tickets went on sale Tuesday morning following the release of a new 60-second trailer that showed the Avengers preparing to face Thanos one more time after suffering defeat at his hands in “Infinity War.” Fans on social media reported that multiple ticket sites, including movie theater sites like AMC, had crashed due to overwhelming demand for “Avengers” tickets. Others said they faced online wait-room times of up to an hour to buy tickets.
“Avengers: Endgame” is expected to smash all the domestic and global box office records set by “Avengers: Infinity War,” which itself reached never-before-seen heights in April 2018. The film set a new opening record with a $257.6 million domestic and $630 million global opening, and became the first summer release to gross $2 billion worldwide.
“Endgame” will open in the U.S. on April 26 and will be out in almost all overseas markets, including China, that same weekend. With that simultaneous release and the unprecedented global demand, the film has a chance at the first-ever $1 billion global opening.