Avengers: Endgame smashes world box office records

Superhero movie Avengers: Endgame smashed box office records with global ticket sales estimated at US$1.2 billion (NZ$1.8 billion) through Sunday, distributor Walt Disney said.

Endgame generated a jaw-dropping US$350 million in the United States and Canada, the world's largest movie market. The total far surpassed analyst estimates and the previous record of US$257.7 million set a year ago by Avengers: Infinity War.

Endgame also set weekend records in China, Brazil, France, more than three dozen other markets, Disney said.

The three-hour action spectacle is the final chapter in a story told in 22 Marvel Studios movies since 2007. It features popular comic-book characters such as Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) in a battle against the supervillain Thanos (Josh Brolin).

The movie picked up after an epic cliffhanger at end of Infinity War, when many beloved Marvel superheroes appeared to turn to dust.

Reuters