The film shattered the record for biggest opening weekend with an estimated $350 million in ticket sales domestically and $1.34 billion globally. Standing on the shoulders of 21 other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that came before it, the story ties up the cliffhanger ending left behind by “Avengers: Infinity War.”
With the film a definitive, record-breaking box office hit, the Russo brothers confessed that they were taken aback by the public reception to their own work.
“We were definitely surprised. We knew the movie was good but you can never predict something like this,” said Anthony Russo, speaking at a keynote conversation with CNBC anchor Julia Boorstin at the Milken Global Conference on Monday (via Variety).
“With this kind of runaway success, the phrase standing on the shoulders of giants comes to mind, because the MCU has been building for so long. The audience has a depth of emotion for these characters,” he continued.
“This is something that can only be made possible through social media and collective global conversation about content,” Joe Russo added.