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'Avengers: Endgame' Topples 'Star Wars' Preview Record

Box office prognosticators are projecting that the film could earn between $800 million and $1 billion globally

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    "Avengers: Endgame" has gotten off to a mighty start at the box office, earning a record $60 million from Thursday night preview showings in North America, according to the Walt Disney Co.

    The previous record holder was "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" which earned $57 million from Thursday previews in 2015, though "Avengers: Endgame" was shown in more theaters.

    Internationally, Disney said on Friday that "Avengers: Endgame" has already grossed $305 million in its first two days in theaters with over half of that tally coming from China.

    Box office prognosticators are projecting that the film could earn anywhere from $260 million to $300 million domestically, and between $800 million and $1 billion globally when the dust settles and final numbers are reported Monday.

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    The "Marvel Cinematic Universe" is the most successful film franchise in Hollywood History. What started with "Iron Man" in 2008 has evolved into a collection of nearly two dozen films that have brought in more than $7 billion at the box office. The MCU will add to that total this weekend with the final chapter of "The Avengers" series.

    (Published Thursday, April 25, 2019)