7:28am PT by Pamela McClintock
Box Office: 'Avengers: Endgame' Roars to Record $169M Overseas on First Day
Avengers: Endgame is smashing records overseas, where it opened Wednesday to an astounding $169 million.
That includes $107.2 million in China.
Endgame touched down in its first 25 markets, setting all-time industry single-day records in many areas. All markets saw bows above that of Avengers: Infinity War when opening on the same day.
Among major markets, South Korea followed China with $8.4 million, followed by Australia ($7 million), France ($6 million), Italy ($5.8 million) and Germany ($5.6 million).
Marvel Studios and Disney's superhero juggernaut is virtually assured of shattering box-office records with a projected global launch of $900 million to $950 million, if not more. That could include a potential all-time best of $270 million to $300 million in North America, where the pic is set to unfurl in 4,600 theaters, the widest release ever. On Thursday, Fandango said Endgame had bested Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the ticketing service's top preseller of all time.
Avengers: Endgame was directed by the Russo brothers, who shot the movie back-to-back with last year's Infinity War.
The nostalgia factor is running hot. Not only is Endgame a direct sequel to Infinity War, it's the culmination of the previous 21 titles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a blockbuster series of films that commenced with Iron Man in 2008 and established Kevin Feige's Marvel Studios as best in show.
April 25, 11:02 a.m. Updated to reflect Endgame's Fandango presales record.