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Avengers: Endgame’ roars to record $169M overseas on first day

… That includes $107 million in China. Avengers: Endgame is smashing records overseas, where it opened Wednesday to an astounding $169 million. That includes $107.2…

  • … That includes $107 million in China.

Avengers: Endgame is smashing records overseas, where it opened Wednesday to an astounding $169 million.

That includes $107.2 million in China.

Endgame touched down in its first 25 markets setting all-time industry single day records in many areas. All markets saw openings above that of Avengers: Infinity War when opening on the same day.

Among major markets, South Korea followed China with $8.4 million, followed by Australia ($7 million), France ($6 million), Italy ($5.8 million) and Germany ($5.6 million).

Marvel Studios and Disney’s superhero juggernaut is virtually assured of shattering box-office records with a projected global launch of $900 million to $950 million, if not more. That could include a potential all-time best of $270 million to $300 million in North America, where it unfurls in 4,600 theaters, the widest release ever.

Avengers: Endgame is directed by the Russo brothers, who shot the movie back-to-back with last year’s Infinity War.

The nostalgia factor is running hot. Not only is Endgame a direct sequel to Infinity War, it’s the culmination of the previous 21 titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a blockbuster series of films that commenced with Iron Man in 2008 and established Kevin Feige’s Marvel Studios as best in show.

Meanwhile, Captain America, Captain Marvel and Nick Fury discuss the Marvel Universe, career highlights and unknown facts about life before they were famous.

Chris Evans (Captain America), Brie Larson (Captain Marvel) and Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) each recently covered their own issues of The Hollywood Reporter, during which they sat down to discuss their role in the Marvel Universe and the filming of the Avengers franchise.

Chris Evans, who could leave his role of Captain America after Avengers: Endgame, called his final day of filming “surprisingly emotional.”

Brie Larson, the first female superhero to lead a Marvel film, whose film recently grossed $1 billion doing just that, plays Captain Marvel. Larson says she filmed Avengers: Endgame before the script for Captain Marvel was even complete.

Samuel L. Jackson, who portrays Nick Fury in the franchise, said his own character is his favourite Avenger, before correcting himself to say that Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, is actually his favourite.

The Captain America star shared his favourite scene in all the Marvel films, choosing the first elevator fight scene from Captain America: The Winter Soldier. “The first Cap movie, you really felt like everyone was holding my hand. The first Avengers movie I just did my best to not get in the way. The second Cap movie is the one that I really felt, I suppose, pressure, and that first elevator fight scene came out really great in my opinion.”

“I do sometimes wish that I could shoot photon blasts,” Larson said as to which of Captain Marvel’s powers she wishes she had, “but I think practically speaking, I’d rather fly.”

“I’d have to say Spider-Man,” Jackson said when asked who was harder to keep in line, Captain Marvel or Spider-Man? “He’s a little more energetic and he’s kind of all over the place, but I like him.” Tom Holland is the most recent actor to portray iconic comic book figure, Spider-Man.

Spurce: THR.com

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