Good luck assembling “Avengers: Endgame” tickets.
The much-anticipated Marvel sequel to 2018’s blockbuster “Avengers: Infinity War” broke the internet on Tuesday morning by launching its ticket pre-sale for the April 26 release. Ticketing sites such as AMC, Fandango and Atom crashed, Deadline reported, and fans desperate to reserve their seats reported waiting in online queues for more than an hour.
AMC, Fandango and Atom did not respond to MarketWatch requests for comment by press time, but AMC Theatres tweeted out that, “We want everyone to be able to grab their Avengers: Endgame tickets, but it looks like we’ve gotten Thanos’ snap. We’re working on getting things back up and running, and in the meantime, please keep trying our website and our partner sites!”
Marvel tweeted a new “Avengers: Endgame” trailer and a Fandango link to purchase tix just after 8 a.m. EST on Tuesday. It was retweeted 10,000 times in just 12 minutes. By 4 p.m. EST, the original tweet had drawn more than 53,000 likes, and the trailer had been viewed 10 million times and counting.
Atom Tickets reported that “Endgame” sold three times more tickets on its site in the first hour of pre-sales than “Infinity War” did last year — and it also knocked out Atom’s first-hour sales for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” in 2017. Fandango also named “Endgame” its biggest preseller of all time on Tuesday afternoon. “’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 six hours,” Fandango managing editor Erik Davis said 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.”
Boxoffice.com is predicting that “Avengers: Endgame” will have a “titanic” opening of between $250 and $290 million for the three-day opening; Exhibitor Relations has suggested $282 million. “Avengers: Infinity War” pulled in more than $2 billion globally last spring, and set a box office record with its $257.6 million domestic opening.
“Endgame” picks up from “Infinity War’s” bleak cliffhanger ending, which saw half of the universe’s population — including beloved Marvel heroes like Black Panther, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange and Nick Fury — disintegrating into dust with a snap of Thanos (Josh Brolin’s) fingers. The new minute-long trailer shows remaining Avengers (including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Bradley Cooper’s Rocket and now Brie Larson’s Captain Marvel) suiting up to confront Thanos once again.