“Avengers: Endgame” has officially become the all-time top preseller on Fandango, beating the record set in 2015 by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Fandango said Thursday.
The ticketing website also reported that more than 8,000 screenings nationwide have sold out, with thousands more being created over the past three weeks to meet the overwhelming demand. In its first week of presales, “Endgame” sold five times as many advance tickets as “Avengers: Infinity War” in the same time period.
“It’s pacing to be our biggest box office weekend of all time,” said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis. “We’ve never seen so many new screens and new showtimes added to meet the demand. I expect fans to go back for repeat viewings of ‘Endgame’ throughout the weekend to catch all the things they missed in the film’s three-hour running time.”
So far, all the pieces are in place for “Avengers: Endgame” to possibly earn the first ever $1 billion opening weekend in box office history. The film opened overseas on Wednesday in 25 markets, setting opening day box office records throughout Asia.
Markets where the film set new records include Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and China. In China, the film shattered the opening day record of “Monster Hunt 2” with a $107 million total, despite being released on a work day rather than a holiday. “Endgame” is now expected to make more than $300 million in China through Sunday.
Thursday will see the release of “Endgame” in the U.K., Brazil, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Argentina, Panama, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia.
In the U.S., where “Endgame” is expected to blow past the $257.6 million opening of “Infinity War,” the film will roll out on an industry-record 4,662 screens. Critics have been overwhelmingly positive with a 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes.