Marvel and Disney’s Avengers: Endgame has made more advance ticket sales in its first week than previous record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and has sold five times as many as Avengers: Infinity War.
Though the film doesn’t open for another couple of weeks (Thursday, April 25), Fandango reports that “thousands” of showtimes have already sold out, and movie chains are adding new showtimes around the clock, some as early as 4 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. to meet fan demand.
The film, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and a direct sequel to Infinity War, has a shot at making the biggest domestic opening in history, beating out Infinity War ($257.6 million) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248) million. It may, too, shatter the global record set by Infinity War ($640.5 million) with a worldwide number of $800 million or more.
The film, which runs a whopping three hours and one minute, has a stacked cast which includes Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin.
Those, however, not in the business may suffer slightly come Friday the 26th. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see a record amount of fans reporting sick to work or taking the day off on Friday because they’ll be attending opening screenings,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis says.