With big movies like Endgame shattering box office records and selling out theaters, I was wondering if anyone has done or could do the math on what the most a movie could make in its opening weekend. I assume it's a finite number considering there's a finite number of movie screens in the world and a finite amount of time in a weekend.

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  • ticket prices can be arbitrary rt – Zaid Syed M Md May 10 at 4:03
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    With inflation, any number is possible. – Laurel May 10 at 4:12
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    Different prices, different seatings, different allocations, we don't know how many theaters choose to screen it, different time slots, different screenings per day... I'm voting to close this because we cannot provide neither definite number nor a ballpark – Vishwa May 10 at 5:30
  • @Vishwa it should be possible to provide a theoretical upper limit. If every theater screened a movie nonstop on all of its screens, that would provide a theoretical upper limit. – Rob Rose May 11 at 8:10
  • @RobRose okay, lets consider all the theaters in the world screened the movie whole day, then what about differences on ticket sales, seating availability, ticket prices, and all other stuff? – Vishwa May 13 at 4:42

I'd tend to says that it is impossible to know, looking to all the variable parameters.

But, I understand your question. Actually, if we could know the exact number of seats available in the theaters by country at a specific time, with an average ticket price by country at a specific time, we could approach an estimation of the maximum money a movie could make.

However, those numbers would still be incorrect through time, because of the inflation, the variation in the amount of theaters, etc.

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