Avengers: Endgame smashes box office records

Avengers: Endgame has made box office history by taking a record-breaking $ 1.2bn (£929m) across the globe in its opening run.

It is the fastest film ever to smash the $ 1bn barrier – taking just five days.

Disney’s Endgame beat the previous global record of $ 640m (£495m) set by last year’s Avengers: Infinity War.

The 22nd Marvel Studios superhero offering, starring Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, banked a record $ 350m (£270m) in the US alone.

It also enjoyed unprecedented success in China where it made a record-breaking $ 330m after it opened on Wednesday.

Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said: “Though Endgame is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend’s monumental success is a testament to the world they’ve envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world.”

Analysts believe Disney is on course for a bumper year as it is set to release The Lion King, Toy Story 4 and several other potential blockbusters in the coming months.

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Endgame features stars including Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson who play a group of superheroes battling the villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

The first Avengers offering came in 2008 with Iron Man.

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