LOS ANGELES, April 28 (Xinhua) -- Disney and Marvel's mega-blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame" dominated North American box office with a massive 350 million U.S. dollars in its opening weekend, shattering the previous record.
This broke the previous North American box office record of 258 million dollars set by "Avengers: Infinity War" in 2018, according to studio figures collected by measurement firm Comscore.
Fueled by its performance in the China market, the film also obliterated expectations with a biggest ever international debut of 859 million dollars through Sunday for a global total of 1.209 billion dollars. The previous biggest international haul was held by Universal Pictures' 2017 film "The Fate of the Furious" with 443 million dollars.
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, "Avengers: Endgame" is a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers.
It's the 22nd installment of the Marvel Universe franchise and purported to be the last with this star lineup. The film follows the surviving members of the Avengers and their allies who work to reverse the damage caused by Thanos in Infinity War.
"Audiences around the world enthusiastically embraced the film. The record smashing results reflect the power of the long-term relationship that audiences have developed with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the characters that inhabit that universe that resulted in this incredible and unprecedented watershed moment in box office history," Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore, told Xinhua.
According to Comscore's PostTrak audience survey, audiences loved "Avengers: Endgame" and they gave it a full 5 out of 5 stars with a massive 90 total positive score, a whopping 82 percent said they would "definitely recommend the film to a friend". In a showing of love for the film, 29 percent of patrons said they would see it again in a movie theater.
The film holds a 96 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes to date.
Another Disney's presentation of Marvel, "Captain Marvel," came in second with 8.05 million dollars in its eighth weekend. The film has grossed 413.58 million dollars in North America for a world cume of 1.11 billion dollars.
Based on the Marvel Comics superheroine of the same name and directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, "Captain Marvel" stars Brie Larson in the title role. It's the 21st installment of Marvel Cinematic Universe and its first adaptation featuring a woman in the lead role. The plot follows Carol Danvers becomes one of the universe's most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
Warner Bros. and New Line's horror film "The Curse of La Llorona" moved to the third place with 7.5 million dollars in its second weekend. The film, which made for only 9 million dollars, has collected 41.28 million dollars in North America.
Based on a Mexican folklore, La Llorona, also known as the weeping woman, is a horrifying apparition, caught between heaven and hell.
Directed by Michael Chaves, in his directorial debut, and stars Linda Cardellini, Raymond Cruz and Patricia Velasquez, the film follows a mother in 1970s Los Angeles who must save her children from a horrifying apparition who is trying to steal them away.
Fox's drama film "Breakthrough" landed in fourth with an estimated 6.3 million dollars in its second weekend.
It's the first Fox film released by Disney since the 71.3-billion-U.S.-dollar merger. Directed by Roxann Dawson, the film is based on an inspirational true story in the United States. A 14-year-old Missouri boy in a coma continues to fight for his life as his adoptive parents and their pastor stay by his bedside and pray for a miracle.
Warner Bros.' superhero film "Shazam!" finished fifth with an estimated 5.52 million dollars in its fourth weekend, pushing its North American total to 131.15 million dollars through Sunday.
Based on the DC Comics character of the same name, "Shazam!" is the seventh installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg and stars Zachary Levi in the title role. By shouting out one word --SHAZAM!-- a streetwise 14-year-old can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam courtesy of an ancient wizard.