Five years ago, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ assembled a historic opening weekend

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Five years ago, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ assembled a historic opening weekend
Chris Evans as Captain America in Avengers: Endgame. / Marvel Studios

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Five years ago today, Avengers: Endgame hit theaters. (Well, five years ago yesterday for any of us who saw the film that Thursday.) It was the culmination of one of the most ambitious plans in movie history. Led by Kevin Feige, the Marvel Cinematic Universe wove a decade of movies into one story, beginning with Iron Man in 2008 and eventually reaching the conclusion of a 22-film saga with Avengers: Endgame in 2019.

As the MCU moved along, it set box office record after box office record. As Avengers: Endgame’s release date approached, people began to ask if the Infinity Saga finale had a shot at setting a new opening weekend record. Could it top the $257,698,183 that Avengers: Infinity War had opened with the prior year?

The answer was a record-shattering “yes.”

Avengers: Endgame didn’t just break its predecessor’s opening weekend record. It obliterated it, debuting with $357,115,007 in North America.