Anyone who experienced trying to purchase tickets from Fandango Tuesday morning probably saw this one coming...
The online movie ticket giant is reporting Avengers: Endgame 'crushed' the 24-hour first day presales record held by 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens in six hours.
The Force Awakens holds the domestic record for highest ever Thursday night preview at $57 million, which despite the strong presales may be tough for Endgame to overcome due to its three-hour runtime.
Advance tickets for Endgame went on sale on Fandango and other services Tuesday at 5:00 am PT/8:00 am ET and Fandango reports within minutes they saw "historic numbers" of fans reserving their seats.
"Avengers: Endgame sales have exceeded all expectations and surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the previous record-holder, to become Fandango’s top-selling title in its first 24 hours of sales, and it accomplished that feat in only 6 hours," Fandango Managing Editor Erik Davis reported in a press release. "We’ve never seen anything like this – it’s truly a groundbreaking accomplishment – as fans simply cannot wait to see how this epic saga comes to a close."
Fandango’s new list of top five first day presellers is as follows:
1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)
3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017)
4. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
5. Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
So Disney... yeah.
Endgame was chosen by "several thousand fans" at the end of 2018 as the most anticipated movie of 2019, according to a Fandango moviegoer survey, which is noteworthy considering 2019 also contains Star Wars Episode IX.
And according to more than 1,000 fans in Fandango’s latest survey:
- 98% say the Infinity War cliffhanger is a main factor in their ticket purchase.
- 98% are fans of Marvel’s “shared universe” storytelling.
- 86% can’t wait to see how Captain Marvel factors into Endgame.