Edit: Since publishing, Avengers: Endgame has surpassed 3.44 billion RMB and is now the fourth-highest grossing film in China of all time.
It’s no spoiler that the final Avengers film, Endgame
, is huge. The film concludes the so-called Infinity Saga of the Marvel cinematic universe, spanning nearly two dozen films over the course of more than a decade. The films are a big hit the world over, and with a China release date two days ahead of the US
, the Middle Kingdom’s love of all things Marvel is clear – and the box office numbers show it.
The Hollywood Reporter
s China debut at a whopping 107.8 million USD. Over the past five days or so, fans in China have shelled out 331 million USD according to Variety
. It’s the country’s biggest start for any film ever, foreign or domestic, and the reviews aren't half bad
Meanwhile, the big bucks are raking in around the entire globe. Box Office Mojo
’s opening numbers at 1.2 billion USD, making it the biggest worldwide opening in history. For a little perspective, Infinity War
topped out at ‘only’ 640.5 million USD worldwide during its opening. Talk about a landslide, amirite?
We're only in the first week of the film's opening and Endgame is already the eighth highest-grossing film in China of all time (and one of only two films in the top ten that isn't Chinese) – so go ahead and hop on the Avengers train if you haven't already. You've just got to watch twenty-something films to catch up first.
The top 10 highest-grossing films in China of all time (as of May 1, 2019)
1 Wolf Warriors 2 (2017) – 5.68 billion RMB
2 The Wandering Earth (2019) – 4.66 billion RMB
3 Operation Red Sea (2018) – 3.65 billion RMB
4 Detective Chinatown 2 (2018) – 3.40 billion RMB
5 The Mermaid (2016) – 3.39 billion RMB
6 Dying to Survive (2018) – 3.10 billion RMB
7 The Fate of the Furious (2017) – 2.67 billion RMB
8 Avengers: Endgame (2019) – 2.60 billion RMB
9 Hello Mr Billionaire (2018) – 2.55 billion RMB
10 Monster Hunt (2015) – 2.44 billion RMB
By Chris House