‘Endgame’ breaks records in a snap

‘Avengers: Endgame’ box office

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‘Endgame’ breaks records in a snap

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Talia Lissauer

Avengers: Endgame” opening weekend was one of the most hectic weekends sophomore Marcos Alvarez has experienced while working at the ICON Theater in St. Louis Park. Alvarez said all employees had to prepare for the loads of people coming.

“I expected it to be that crazy. The (number) of people did not surprise me because it is the end of a giant series, so it made sense that it would get this kind of turnout,” Alvarez said. “It was a lot of work to prepare. They blocked off that weekend so no one was allowed to take it off.”

According to CNBC, “Avengers: Endgame” is the fastest movie ever to surpass $1 billion and the second-highest grossing movie, just behind “Avatar.” Going into opening weekend, “Endgame” had already broken the presale ticket record in America.

Sophomore Kaylee Quick has been invested in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for about five years, and said the build-up to the film made “Endgame” the success that it is.

“It felt like a combination of a lot of years of effort in universe building, and it felt like it all came together in a few hours,” Quick said. “I think it was a really epic moment for Marvel fans.”

According to Alvarez, the theater was able to predict how many people would be attending based on presale tickets, but he was still surprised by the number of people who showed up.

“We (could) tell from pre-tickets that opening weekend was going to have a lot of people. Every 10 minutes there were about 100 people coming in,” Alvarez said. “By the end of the weekend, it was about eight times more than we usually get.”

According to Quick, most of the records made were set by the fans. The film deserves the glory it’s getting.

“Marvel put a lot of effort into marketing this movie and into putting it together. If moviegoers made it break (the box office) records, then it deserves (the recognition it’s getting),” Quick said.

Alvarez said seeing Marvel movies every year has become a tradition for him, and since it is ending, it is understandable that it would have this kind of reaction.

“It deserves to break every record. It was a pretty good movie. The series of movies has been my childhood,” Alvarez said. “You see a Marvel movie every year — it’s one of those things that you do. With (the Avengers series) wrapping up, it makes sense that many people are going to see it.”

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