'Avengers' franchise roars to a close with 'blockbuster of blockbusters'

Mike Dougherty
April 26, 2019 - 11:13 am
"Avengers: Endgame" has the potential to shatter records this weekend as Marvel fans around the world flock to theaters to see how the epic saga ends.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — It's Marvel movie madness all around the world as the much-anticipated finale to the Avengers franchise came out Thursday night. 

This is the blockbuster of blockbusters. Industry analysts expect Marvel's "Avengers: Endgame" to top $300 million in sales on the opening weekend in North America. Only six films in history have had an opening of $200 million or more in North America and no film has made $300 million in a weekend. 

The record is currently held by last year's "Infinity War," which opened at $258 million in North America and $640 million worldwide. 

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Part of the reason for the astronomical ticket sales is because some theaters are staying open around the clock for people like Shaq Payne and Khalil Johnson, who caught the 2 a.m. showing at the AMC Broad Street 7 near Temple University.

"It was so awesome," Payne said. "Every moment, every minute it was like 'Oh, wow,' like an excitement, three hours straight, non-stop. The best movie ever."

"I felt like they really stuck to the comic books and, you know, I feel like they did a wonderful job with it," Johnson said.

"Completely blown away," moviegoer Bryan Carter said as he exited the theater. "All of my predictions were mostly true, save for some exceptions. I enjoyed the way everything played out."

Without giving away any spoilers, he listed some of the parts that stood out to him. 

"I definitely enjoyed the fights. ... I enjoyed the dilemma. I enjoyed the problem solving. And I enjoyed how they were able to rectify some things," he said.

A record 4,600 theatres in North America are showing "Endgame." It's the final installment of a 10-year, 21-movie saga. Many fans are saying it was the best one yet.

But this isn't the end for Marvel fans. There are sequels coming for "Black Panther" and "Guardians of the Galaxy," and Marvel heroes will have original shows on Disney+. When Disney acquired most of Fox's assets this year, it also acquired the Marvel characters that were under the Fox banner — such as the X-Men and Deadpool — which could be brought into the fold.

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CNN's Frank Pallotta contributed to this report.