You know “Avengers: Endgame” is making it really difficult to create any sort of drama in these intros especially with the numbers it continues to rake in even in its second weekend. To no-one’s surprise “Endgame” had a dominant, near-record breaking sophomore run earning another win at the box office even with four new, albeit relatively minor, releases making their way to the big screen. After breaking almost every record in the book last weekend just how big was “Endgame’s” holdover success? Let’s find out with this week’s Box Office Breakdown.
“Endgame” brought an impressive $145.8 million domestic earning in its second weekend making it the number two best selling film in a sophomore effort behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” which earned over $149 million in its second weekend. To date “Endgame” has earned almost $620 million on the home front and the added $282 million from oversees markets over the weekend brings its international total to date $1.5 billion. All this, combined with last weekend’s numbers, makes “Endgame” the second highest grossing film ever worldwide in only its second weekend with over $2 billion. It now trails “Avatar” by only $600 million with a seemingly limitless shelf life still to come for the superhero epic meaning it’s realistic, if not borderline expected, at this point that “Endgame” will at least challenge if not supersede “Avatar” as the top grossing film of all time before inflation. Its eventual rise to the top seems even more inevitable when you consider it has earned in 11 days what it took “Avatar” 47 days to accomplish. If you are one of the few who haven’t seen “Endgame” yet you can read my review here and if you have see it I made a list of my top ten favorite moments from the film which you can enjoy here.
Despite four new releases, the weekend offered pretty much no competition for “Endgame” although three of those four films did shake up the top five. “The Intruder” scored the biggest opening of the weekend with $11 million domestically barely surpassing its $8 million budget in its first three days. The thriller about home owners stalked by the former owner of their home earned lackluster reviews but found an audience looking for something other than superhero actions to entertain. You can read my review of the film here. The new Seth Rogen comedy “Long Shot” was a close competitor ending up in third with $10.025 million in its first weekend in the United States. I didn’t get to see this film (I went to see “Endgame” for a second time instead) but it got decent reviews from critics and I haven’t really covered the comedy genre a lot this year so I might give it a chance. STXFilms’ first animated feature, “UglyDolls”, based on the popular toy line from the early 2000s, failed to gain much of an audience thanks in part to poor critical reviews. It earned $8.5 million on a $45 million budget, a very slow start for the feature landing it in fourth. I gave the film a chance because a friend of mine wanted to see it so you can read my review (spoiler alert, I didn’t like it) by clicking here. Rounding out the top ten was “Captain Marvel” with a $4.2 million weekend. The only other new film of the weekend was “El Chicano”, a Latino-led vigilante film that finished in eleventh. “Breakthrough”, “The Curse of La Llorona”, “Shazam!”, “Little” and “Dumbo” rounded out the top ten.
Look for “Endgame” to have another potential dominant weekend with estimates of between $60 million and $90 million for its third run through. However, depending on just how successful it is, we do have a very legitimate threat on the way. Destined to be the biggest release of the weekend, “Detective Pikachu”, the first live-action Pokémon movie, could very easily earn its own massive opening if the fanbase turns out to embrace it. “The Hustle”, a new comedy starring Rebel Wilson and Anne Hathaway, will also look to make a mark while STX will roll out a comedy of its own with “Poms”. In the niche film market “Tolkien” will release in around 1,300 theaters and explore the life and inspiration of the author who wrote “The Lord of the Rings”. We’ll see how they all do this time next week.