Earth’s mightiest heroes are returning next week to restore order in the universe, and fans in China can’t wait to be among the first to see it.
Avengers: Endgame has raked in nearly US$15 million in China for presale tickets to the midnight opening on April 24, setting a new record, according to Chinese ticketing giant Maoyan. The previous record holder was 2017’s The Fate of the Furious.
US blockbusters don’t always do well in China, where American favorites like Black Panther and The Last Jedi struggled to match their performance overseas. But the fourth installment of the Avengers series appears to be building on the momentum of Infinity War, which was the highest grossing foreign film in China for 2018.
The excitement around Endgame was palpable in Shanghai on Thursday night, as stars from the Avengers gathered for a 1.5-hour meet and greet. Star Paul Rudd courted fans by speaking in Mandarin while flanked by co-stars Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. (Or as they're probably better known, Ant-Man, Hawkeye, Thor and Captain America.)
“My Chinese isn’t good, but it’s better than theirs,” Rudd joked, drawing appreciative laughter from the audience.