Disney's 'Avengers: Endgame' sets opening day record in China

Actors Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo show their hands after placing their handprints in cement at a ceremony at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles,California, U.S. April 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marvel superhero movie "Avengers: Endgame" set an opening-day record in China with an estimated $107.2 million in ticket sales, distributor Walt Disney Co said on Wednesday.

"Endgame" is the final chapter of a story told across 22 Marvel films featuring popular characters such as Iron Man, Thor and Black Widow.

The movie earned rave reviews from critics and is expected to draw huge crowds as it debuts in the rest of the world this week.

As of Wednesday morning, 97 percent of "Endgame" reviews collected by the Rotten Tomatoes website were positive.

The film picks up after last year's "Avengers: Infinity War," when many of Marvel's big-screen superheroes appeared to turn to dust. In "Endgame," the survivors plot to kill the supervillain Thanos.

(Reporting by Lisa Richwine; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)