Avengers Endgame India box office day 1: Marvel film earns a spectacular Rs 53 crore, beats Thugs of Hindostan
After smashing box office records in China, Marvel Studios’ superhero spectacle Avengers: Endgame has collected a spectacular Rs 53 crore in India, on opening day, trade analyst Taran Adarsh has said. The figures make Endgame the second highest opener in India, after Baahubali: The Conclusion and Thugs of Hindostan.
Adarsh wrote on Twitter, “#AvengersEndgame emerges a game changer... Sets new benchmarks on Day 1... An eye opener for the industry that feels national holidays/festivals yield best results at the BO... Fri ₹ 53.10 cr Nett BOC. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 63.21 cr. NON-HOLIDAY RELEASE.”
This makes Endgame the highest opening of 2019, of any Hollywood film in India, and the second highest opening of any film in Indian box office history. Worth noting is that the film opened on more than 2000 screens fewer than Thugs.
With almost 80-85% occupancy, Avengers Endgame surpassed opening day occupancy records for Baahubali 2, boxofficeindia said in another report. Baahubali 2 collected around Rs 335 crore nett (all languages) in its first weekend. “In all probability, the film will be in top three grossers in India,” trade analyst Girish Johar earlier told HT. Starring Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Fatima Sana Shaikh in lead roles, Thugs of Hindostan collected Rs 52.25 crore while Prabhas-starrer Baahubali 2 earned Rs 121 crore on day one of the release.
Avengers: Infinity War, meanwhile, had opened to Rs 31 crore in 2018, and is the highest grossing Hollywood film in India.
Endgame had a grand opening worldwide with a record Rs 1,186. In two days, the film has made Rs 2,130 crore worldwide, Deadline reported. The Marvel film has become the fastest movie to make $100 million - it took 17 hours to cross the mark while Disney’s Stars Wars: The Force Awakens took 21 hours to achieve the feat. Industry estimates are already calling Endgame at the highest single day and opening day record of all-time with $140 million-$150 million, it added.
Avengers Endgame earned $ 107.5 million at the China box office, taking the total first day haul to 169 million dollars from 25 markets. It earned a record $60 million at the US and Canadian box offices during its Thursday night debut, distributor Walt Disney Co said.
Global ticket sales for the film about Iron Man, Hulk and other popular characters reached $305 million for the first two days, Disney said. Trade experts expect the film will cross $ 900 million in the opening weekend, and it will likely need just a couple more days to top the 1 billion mark.
Endgame released in 2845 screens across India and the advance booking of tickets for the film in India recorded sale of over 2 million, tickets as per a release by BookMyShow.
The three-hour film starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson is the final chapter in a story told across 22 Marvel films. It picks up after last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, when many of Marvel’s big-screen superheroes appeared to turn to dust. In Endgame, the survivors plot to kill the supervillain Thanos and undo his damage.
(With Reuters inputs)
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