The latest in the Marvel film franchise sold twice as many presale tickets this weekend in the UAE as previous movie
The Avengers: Endgame movie earned AED6 million ($1.63 million) at the UAE box office on Thursday and a further AED8 million on Friday, meaning it is “already guaranteed the biggest opening weekend” in the country, according to distributor Walt Disney Studios.
The Disney source told Arabian Business the movie had “a stupendous Wednesday opening” selling twice as many presales as the previous movie in the superhero franchise, Avengers: Infinity War, which was released last year.
The distributor was forecasting “a record breaking opening weekend with Endgame”, having earned AED6 million on Thursday and AED8 million on Friday.
With Saturday sales still to be added, the distributor is “already guaranteed the biggest opening weekend”, the source said.
Figures from Boxofficemojo.com reported that Avengers: Infinity War earned AED11,137,664 in its opening weekend when its opening in the UAE on May 10 last year.
Other movies with big opening weekends at the UAE box office in recent months include Mission: Impossible – Fallout (AED16,661,995), Skyscraper (AED16,617,294), Venom (AED17,056,479) and Captain Marvel (AED14,643,759).
The three-hour Avengers: Endgame movie stars a long list of Hollywood superstars, including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin.
It is the final chapter in the Avengers story, which has stretched across 22 films within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The movie picks up after Avengers: Infinity War as the superheroes fight the evil villain Thanos.
The performance in the UAE is expected to be repeated across the globe this weekend.
“As we are looking at levels of pre-sales and grosses not seen before, we are cautiously projecting a three-day in the $300 (million) range,” a Walt Disney spokesperson told Reuters of the movie’s box office projections in the US and Canada.
The current opening weekend record in the US and Canada is held by Avengers: Infinity War with $258 million.
Avengers: Infinity War went on to earn a worldwide total of $2,048,359,754, according to Boxofficemojo.com, and is the fourth biggest selling movie of all time. Currently, the biggest selling movies are Avatar with $2.788 billion, followed by Titanic ($2.187 billion) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068 billion).