Avengers: Endgame shatters PHL box-office records

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PINOYS line up to watch the latest Avengers movie at Gateway Mall in Cubao. — KOALA CRUZ

THE final film of Marvel’s Avengers Infinity saga, Avengers: Endgame, shattered Philippine box- office records as it posted P937.5 million over the four days since it opened on April 24, making it the film with the biggest opening weekend of all time.

The 22nd film off of the Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise replaced its predecessor at the top — Avengers: Infinity War (2018) earned P650.1 million during its opening weekend in the Philippines.

Avengers: Endgame follows the events of Infinity War where Thanos, a nihilist demigod, used the Infinity Stones to destroy half of all life in the universe and how the remaining Avengers — Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and Bruce Banner — must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies to defeat Thanos.

The film’s ensemble includes Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.

The film, with its $356-million budget, is also considered one of the most expensive movies ever made (unofficially, the most expensive movie ever made based on their announced budget was Rob Marshall’s Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011 with a budget of $378.5 million).

To date, the film has earned $1.34 billion worldwide according to Box Office Mojo, an online box office reporting service. Its earnings make it the 10th highest grossing film ever made — so far — with the top spot held by James Cameron’s Avatar (2009) which earned $2.79 billion during its entire run.

The second highest grossing film is also a James Cameron film, Titanic (1997) which earned $2.19 billion. — Zsarlene B. Chua