The opening weekends are said to be a crucial factor for determining the movie’s overall success. Whether that’s still true in times when things are rapidly changing as much for cinemas as for the audience itself because of the ongoing pandemic remains a big question within the industry. The global pandemic outbreak has moved the idea of streaming forward. There’s still the lingering question whether it’s going to have a major effect on the traditional cinema viewing.
Regardless of what the future outcome may be, superhero blockbuster movies are still very much dominating the Hollywood industry. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has especially showcased its capability to gross remarkable amounts of money and is the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time. Let’s see which MCU movies had the biggest opening weekends at the box office.
10 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 — $146M
Waiting for the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2‘s release was more difficult than the audience could have imagined. Everyone was dying of curiosity whether the sequel would follow the accomplishments of what might be the standout success of the entire MCU, Guardians of the Galaxy. Of course, the sequel did not disappoint as it grossed over $146M in its opening weekend. Regardless of whether it was because of people’s scrutiny that the second volume was going to meet the immeasurable expectations or something entirely else, the movie takes our tenth place.
9 Captain Marvel — $153M
If you’re a die-hard fan of a franchise, it’s always the best to see the movie on its opening weekend, so you can both help the numbers and avoid spoilers. Captain Marvel supporters were probably on the edge of their seats to watch one of the strongest Avengers — and the first woman-led solo movie — kick some butts because the movie grossed over $153M during its first weekend. The movie getting a big opening weekend was probably humiliating for those (misogynists), who tried predicting its failure.
8 Iron Man 3 — $174M
Iron Man 3 was a clear proof that Tony Stark is just as amazing without the suit. It further proved that this is the man who managed to build a suit of armor under the noses of terrorists. It not only dove deeper into the superhero’s psyche, but it also showed that Tony is capable of saving the President of the US and destroying the Mandarin, with only a 10-year-old kid as a back-up and while having panic attacks. It rightfully ranks eighth on our list with over $174M grossed on its opening weekend.
7 Captain America: Civil War — $179M
For some, Captain America: Civil War is one of those movies you watched on the opening weekend and have never watched it since, or you’ve seen it multiple times. The plot of the movie can be easily summarized as Captain America not wanting to sign the Sokovia accords, so he decides to retire as a superhero until he finds out that the UN is going after his best friend Bucky. Whether you’re Team Tony or Team Steve, the movie did amazingly on its opening weekend, grossing over $179M.
6 Avengers: Age of Ultron — $191M
Yet again, many fans were not expecting a sequel like this to The Avengers and were heavily disappointed, but there are nonetheless some who completely worship the movie. Arguably, the movie showed that Clint Barton was the heart of the Avengers and was silently keeping them together. We also got introduced to an amazing character of Wanda Maximoff and were given a chance to properly meet Tony’s creation: Ultron. Despite some bad reviews, Avengers: Age of Ultron still grossed well over $191M on its opening weekend.
5 Black Panther — $202M
It’s honestly unbelievable that some people didn’t go see Black Panther right upon its release, since it takes a lot of willpower to stay away from something so highly talked about. And audiences did not disappoint with their showing-up as it’s still one of the most popular movies of the franchise. The opening weekend gross surpassed $202M.
4 The Avengers — $207M
It appears that now, since the original Avengers squad no longer exists, people are missing the 2012 Avengers movie more than ever. Many perceived the 2012 Avengers as a functional family, which probably isn’t entirely true, and we’re all just experiencing positive selective memory syndrome. All jokes aside, everyone had to be hyped more than ever to see their superheroes on screen together for the first time. The numbers prove just that, as it grossed over $207M on its opening weekend.
3 Avengers: Infinity War — $257M
The anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War was as immense as ever. If people weren’t able to see it in its first days of release, they would probably get spoiled, and it would ruin their whole cinema experience. Imagine losing the chance to experience the complete heartbreak of seeing the final scenes of this movie. Many controversial opinions came out because of this movie, like how all of this could have been avoided if Star Lord didn’t mess up or that Vision could have easily cut Thanos in half with his mind stone. Despite all of that, Infinity War grossed over $257M on its opening weekend.
2 Spider-Man: No Way Home — $260M
Now, onto the movie for which it was almost impossible to avoid the major spoilers if you didn’t go see the movie on its opening day, let alone the opening week: Spider-Man: No Way Home. It was a war of its own to get a hold of cinema tickets as soon as possible, as the demand reached unimaginable heights. I think we would collectively agree it was rightfully so because the movie exceeded all of our expectations. Bringing all the iconic actors from different generations of Spider-Man into one movie was the best marketing decision ever made in the MCU. It was only expected that No Way Home would gross as huge an amount as over $260M on its opening weekend.
1 Avengers: Endgame — $357M
Avengers: Endgame sold out almost instantly. Avoiding spoilers for the final Avengers movie was the biggest challenge for the fans who were dying to see it. As always, the general reviews of the movie were split into two parties: one that completely loved how it all wrapped up because it made sense, and the other who clearly saw some plot holes and know that some characters deserved way better endings. In spite of the heavy discourse, the culmination of 11 years grossed well over $357M on its opening weekend.