Walt Disney sets new records for hottest movie opening ever

• The previous record was held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Crowds rushing into cinemas across the past few days to see the latest Marvel movie Avengers: Endgame have set box office records around the world.

Australia too has been caught up in the hysteria surrounding the movie release. Opening on Wednesday last week, the movie had opening day ticket sales of $10,277,557, making it the biggest-ever opening day in Australia.

The previous record was held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened with $9.45m back in December 2015.

Disney now holds five of the six biggest one-day box office records with the Avengers franchise accounting for three of them, while Star Wars has two.

Helping Avengers: Endgame into top spot was the number of screens showing the film on opening day. On Anzac Day last year Disney opened Avengers: Infinity Wars on 871 screens. This year Avengers Endgame opened on Anzac Day eve on 1,070 screens.

Internationally the film has broken records in 43 different markets!

The opening weekend globally is close to US$1.2b, while in the US alone the opening weekend was $350m.

The Australian numbers for the opening weekend will be available later today.

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