Avengers: Endgame breaks Australian box office records with $34m opening weekend

The final movie in the current phase of the Avengers franchise, Avengers: Endgame, has smashed Australian box office records, taking $34.1m across the opening weekend.

The film beat the record previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 which took $27.25m in its first weekend.

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Dumbo sat in the second spot in the weekend ranking, taking $690,908 after its fifth week in cinemas, for a cumulative $11.5m. Both Dumbo and Avengers: Endgame are distributed by Disney.

Third place went to Paramount’s Wonder Park. The animated film about a young girl’s imaginary theme park took $685,715 for its third weekend, giving it a cumulative total thus far of $5.76m.

The final two spots in the top five were filled with Warner Bros films – superhero movie Shazam and The Lego Movie 2 took $633,251 and $403,460 respectively over the weekend.

Period drama The Chaperone also debuted last weekend, landing in eighth position with $349,785. It showed across just 175 screens compared to Avengers: Endgame which showed across 1,112 screens.

Avengers: Endgame also shattered the worldwide opening record with an estimated US$1.2 billion taking in ticket sales globally.

Disney currently holds five of the top 10 opening weekend spots in Australia and a majority of the worldwide records.

Avengers: Endgame was well received by critics, despite initial concerns over the 181 minute runtime. It currently holds a 96% rating on review aggregation platform Rotten Tomatoes.

The film combines the storylines of all 21 Marvel films to come before it, beginning in 2008 with Iron Man. It was directed by Anthony and Joe Russo who also directed the previous Avengers film, Infinity War, and Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Avengers: Endgame (Disney) $34,116,525 1112 $44,394,082
Dumbo (live Action) (Disney) $690,908 232 $11,511,456
Wonder Park (Paramount) $685,715 278 $5,870,194
Shazam! (Wb) $633,251 303 $16,220,180
The Lego Movie 2 (Wb) $403,460 233 $10,582,403
Captain Marvel (Disney) $372,644 107 $41,189,395
The Curse Of The Weeping Woman (Wb) $350,635 214 $1,763,074
The Chaperone (Studiocanal) $349,785 175 $595,043
Five Feet Apart (Roadshow) $234,531 182 $7,007,506
The Aftermath (Fox) $214,879 127 $1,669,444
Little (Universal) $175,118 124 $2,289,637
Gloria Bell (Roadshow) $158,222 38 $250,481
Us (Universal) $110,136 84 $9,256,568
Missing Link (Roadshow) $83,863 249 $1,076,004
Burning (Palace) $74,978 17 $383,803
Pet Sematary (Paramount) $56,293 73 $3,129,982
Kalank (Mindblowing Films) $55,982 65 $797,908
Woman At War (Hi Gloss Entertainment) $48,691 30 $356,213
They Shall Not Grow Old (Wb) $39,660 45 $485,145
The Hummingbird Project (Madman) $36,968 32 $44,430

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