The follow-up to that cliffhanger, “Endgame,” officially opens Friday. In Thursday previews, Disney/Marvel’s fourth “Avengers” movie grossed a record-setting $60 million in North American theaters, according to Variety.
Directed by brothers Joe and Anthony Russo, “Endgame” is expected to gross more than $250 million domestically in its opening weekend, and the most daring projections speculate it could top $1 billion at the global box office by Monday.
“Endgame” — the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was launched by “Iron Man” in 2008 — is expected to continue Marvel Studios’s perfect streak: Every one of its films has opened at No. 1 domestically. With its latest debut, the studio should top $20 billion in total global gross across all its films.
Thanos, the big purple philosopher and father to Gamora and Nebula, was created in the early ‘70s by legendary writer-artist Jim Starlin.