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Avengers: Endgame made an amazing $1.2 billion in its opening weekend

Disney’s latest blockbuster has smashed ticket office records, drawing in an amazing $1.2 billion worldwide in its opening weekend, according to Variety It’s the 8th movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to cross the billion-dollar mark, and it’s the fastest any movie has ever earned that much.

The movie topped The Force Awakens opening day record from 2015 with a $305 million global ticket office on Thursday (it pulled in $60 million in the US), and went on to make around $300 million in the United States throughout the weekend.

Disney’s franchise films have gradually controlled the box workplaces in recent years. Star Wars: The Force Awakens set records in 2015 with a $517 million haul worldwide on its opening weekend, Black Panther attracted $426 million on its opening weekend(and quickly hit the $1 billion mark), while last year’s Avengers: Infinity War earned $630 million on its opening weekend and became the fastest film ever to cross the $1 billion mark.

Significantly, Endgame‘s numbers are assisted this time around by the Chinese box workplace, drew in an estimated $329 million throughout its opening weekend This wasn’t the case with last year’s Avengers: Infinity War– it premiered in China a number of weeks later on Endgame also isn’t the only Disney movie to sign up with that club this year: Captain Marvel crossed the line previously this month

This success at package workplace didn’t happen overnight– it’s a huge payoff for Marvel’s superhero franchise, which kicked off 11 years ago with Iron Man. That movie included an end-credits scene that opened the possibility of the larger, interconnected universe which has actually since played out over 22 films. Avengers: Endgame is the fruit of a years’s worth of labor for that larger story, structure on the characters and stories that came with each movie.

Now, Disney faces a new landscape for its post- Endgame future. Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has stated that they’re working on at least 20 movies “that are totally different from anything that’s come before.” Presumably, the company hopes that the next generation of superhero films will also feature similar, sky-high returns in the decade to come.

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