Movie cinemas around the country were buzzing this weekend as one of the world’s most highly-anticipated film finally opened. Now, the numbers are in and Avengers: Endgame has smashed the local box office records.

The 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe made a staggering R34 million at the South African Box Office during it’s opening weekend with over 377 000 attendances bursting through cinema doors to watch the Avengers’ grand finale. This debut ranks as the biggest industry opening weekend ever in South African Box Office history, beating out previous record holder, and its predecessor, 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.

This wasn’t the only record the film broke this weekend. Friday 26 April also saw Avengers: Endgame take in over R9.2 million with over 100 000 attendances, the biggest industry opening day ever at the local box office, toppling the prior holder of the title, again Avengers: Infinity War, which opened on the April 27th public holiday last year. Furthermore, the film’s Saturday takings totalled more than R11.8, making it the biggest single day at the local box office and the first to pass the R11m in one day.

Alongside those records, Avengers: Endgame also became the biggest ever opening weekend of any Super Hero, Marvel Studios and Disney film, and it has become the fastest film to hit the R30 million mark in South Africa.

Elsewhere on the continent, Avengers: Endgame achieved the biggest opening weekend of all time in West Africa with over N214.4 million and in East Africa with over kes 33 million (both including previews). In both regions, Avengers: Endgame had the highest opening day (Friday 26 April), the highest industry single day (Saturday 27 April), as well as the biggest opening for a Super Hero and Marvel Studios film ever.

Globally, Avengers: Endgame made over $1,2 billion globally – making it the biggest opening weekend for any film in history.

This is the latest in a string of record-breaking films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Last year, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther made local box office history with the latter becoming the #1 film of all time in South, East and West Africa.

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