Avengers: Endgame early tracking numbers are pointing to a massive $175-250 million (or more) domestic opening weekend for the blockbuster film, according to all the major Hollywood trades Thursday morning.
Remember, these are early tracking figures, and not a box office prediction. One year ago the first tracking figures for Avengers: Infinity War pointed to a $175-200m domestic debut and it went on to open to a record-setting $257,698,183 opening weekend.
More recently, early tracking figures for Captain Marvel were first reported at $100-$120m. The film went on to open to $153m.
Industry chatter has already started pointing to an even loftier opening.
Deadline is the first publication to say '$300m opening weekend' out loud.
The online trade says despite a 3 hours and 2 minutes runtime the record threshold is still mathematically in play.
"Math provided to Deadline by B.O. analysts supports this projection range even if Endgame has 4-5 showtimes a day, at a 70% capacity at 12K U.S. auditoriums," they reason. "Again, this is based off the logical assumption that the movie will play in north of 4,000 theaters. Avengers: Infinity War opened at 4,474 theaters, the third widest opener of all-time behind Despicable Me 3 (4,529) and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (4,475)."
Avengers: Endgame opens April 26 in North America.