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Avengers: Endgame sets US, global box office records with $1.22B opening weekend

The MCU blockbuster keeps smashing records with Hulk-like force.

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Avengers: Endgame is breaking box office records.

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Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Endgame has pulled off the biggest global opening in movie history, hauling in an estimated $1.2 billion worldwide so far, Disney reported Sunday morning. Endgame precursor Avengers: Infinity War held the previous record at $641 million. 

That's not the only record Endgame has smashed. 

The film, which officially opened in the US on Friday, had the biggest first day ever in North America with an estimated $156.7 million (including Thursday previews), Disney said in a release. That's about $37 million more than the previous record, held by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens and about $50 million more than Infinity War, which ranks third.

The latest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is plowing through US box office records as well. It posted a record-breaking $60 million for Thursday evening US previews this week. That's the highest preview gross ever ahead of Star Wars: The Force Awakens' $57 million, according to Disney. Also, the movie hit $356 million for its opening weekend in the US, Disney said. On Sunday alone, Endgame pulled in $90.3 million.  

The movie opened Wednesday in 25 markets and broke more than a few records. In China, Australia, New Zealand, the Philippines and others, for example, Endgame had the all-time highest single-day opening.

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Avengers: Endgame is the 22nd movie in the MCU, which started with 2008's Iron Man. Earlier in April, Fandango said Endgame set its biggest single-day ticket sales record, going back 19 years. 

Originally published April 25, 12:29 p.m. PT.
Update, April 26: Adds numbers for Thursday night previews; April 27: Adds global box office numbers. April 28: Updates global box office receipts; April 29: Adds domestic opening weekend box office numbers.