Box Office Wrap Up: Endgame Surges Towards Global Record.
Avengers: Endgame had another billion dollar week, positioning it just below Avatar for biggest box office of all time.
That didn’t take long! The Avengers jumped out to a record smashing total its first week, and now it has blasted past the 2 billion dollar mark in just two weeks. The box office stayed strong: while Endgame was the dominant film, the three new films all filed into the second through fourth spots. There was some bumping and shoving among the newcomers, and the final arrangement on the top ten list wound up being reversed from many projections.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office dropped 51% from last week – understandable due to the gargantuan haul Endgame made in its first frame. The encouraging statistic is that the box was up 16% from last year, when Infinity War was also entering its second string. The three new arrivals last year fared much less favorably, with Bad Samaritan failing to even crack the top ten. The overall take was just shy of 200 million dollars, showing the Avengers’ tide raising most of the other boats.
Top Film Last Year: Avengers – Infinity War.
Top Film Last Decade: X-Men Origins – Wolverine.
Top Three Films.
Endgame continued in first place, adding 145 million dollars domestically. While Endgame saw a steeper decline than Infinity War, it mostly due to the giant difference in openings. Endgame is still pacing well ahead of its older brother, in fact sitting just 50 million dollars from surpassing its domestic total in just two weeks.
It sits at 619 million dollars in the US and just under 2.2 billion dollars globally. This puts Avengers: Endgame in the top ten all-time domestic earners, and in second place globally, having leaped over Titanic. The top spot is held by Avatar, with 2.8 billion dollars. It’s very possible that we’ll have a new number one.
The rest of the top three was a three movie pile-up. Many projections had the Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron comedy, Long Shot, as the favorite, while I favored UglyDolls as the surprise winner of the second spot. Instead, the home invasion thriller, The Intruder, wound up taking the honors. It took in 11 million dollars, one million ahead of Long Shot and 2.5 million ahead of UglyDolls. I guess defective stuffed animals really don’t deserve love!
The only other new release, El Chicano, landed just just outside the top ten. The Latinx vigilante hero film made 700k in 600 theaters. It was savaged by critics. Combined with poor ratings and a slightly underwhelming theater average, the expansion possiblities for El Chicano are limited.