Avengers: Endgame ticket presales outpace Infinity War 5 to 1

The hotly-anticipated Marvel movie also outstripped three Star Wars films to claim the top spot.

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Avengers: Endgame is now the most anticipated movie ever, according to movie ticket sales site Fandango. And judging by advance sales, filmgoers are five times more excited about Endgame than they were about Infinity War.

Endgame tickets went on sale April 2 at 5 a.m. PT, and Endgame only needed six hours to take the top spot in Fandango's advance sales records. Marvel fans quickly pushed the movie past its MCU predecessor, Avengers: Infinity War, and three Star Wars films: The Force Awakens is No. 2, followed by The Last Jedi, Rogue One and then Infinity War.

All told, Fandango has registered five times more Endgame presales than Infinity War. "Avengers: Endgame sales have exceeded all expectations," said Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis in a statement. 

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo thanked the fans in a tweet sent Tuesday afternoon that read, "Unbelievable. You guys are awesome."

Not all fans were able to just snap their fingers and get tickets. Movie theater chain AMC admitted in a tweet that its site had gone down when tickets first went on sale. 

"We want everyone to be able to grab their Avengers: Endgame tickets, but it looks like we've gotten Thanos' snap," the site's official Twitter account said in a tweet. 

The site was back up by afternoon, but while it was down, patrons couldn't access AMC's site directly or access AMC tickets through third-party sites, such as Fandango.

As of 2 p.m. PT on Tuesday, AMC had tweeted that its site was back up, but the chain's mobile app was still having issues.

Avengers: Endgame is scheduled for an April 26 release in the US, April 25 in the UK and April 24 in Australia.

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Originally published April 2. 
Update, April 10: Adds information on Endgame outselling Infinity War.