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'Avengers: Endgame' Readies for Second Weekend Dominance

'Avengers: Endgame' Readies for Second Weekend Dominance
Records continue to fall as Disney's Avengers: Endgame makes ready for its sophomore frame. After having already topped $452 million domestically (#17 all-time) and $1.664 billion worldwide (#6 all-time), the film enters its second weekend looking to top Star Wars: The Force Awakens's $149.2 million second weekend and add that record to its list of achievements. Beyond that, the film will top $600 million domestically this weekend and has a shot at outperforming 2012's The Avengers, which brought in $623.4 million after 154 days in release — Endgame is looking to do push past that number in just ten. As already mentioned, Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently holds the record for the largest second weekend of all-time with $149.2 million. While Avengers: Endgame destroyed Force Awakens's opening weekend by more than $100 million, Force Awakens dipped just -40% in its sophomore frame. Don't look for Endgame to follow suit, but given the sheer size of Endgame's debut, the second
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'Avengers: Endgame' Decimates Record Books with $1.2 Billion Global Debut

'Avengers: Endgame' Decimates Record Books with $1.2 Billion Global Debut
Heading into the weekend it was a foregone conclusion that Avengers: Endgame would deliver the largest opening weekend of all-time, both domestically and globally, but to deliver a three-day domestic gross totaling an estimated $350 million and a global weekend over $1 billion was almost inconceivable.

Today that figure has become a reality as Endgame not only delivered an estimated $350 million over the course of its first three days in domestic release, but a massive $1.2 billion at the global box office in just its first five days in release.

Endgame's estimated $350 million debut will almost surely improve once actuals are revealed on Monday afternoon, but for now the film's opening is nearly $93 million larger than the previous record set by Avengers: Infinity War ($257.69 million) just last year and a whopping 90% of the overall weekend market share.

After critics were overwhelmingly in support of the film heading into the weekend, the film's opening weekend crowd gave it an "A+" CinemaScore, the third such grade in the Marvel Cinematic Universe alongside The Avengers and Black Panther. The audience was 57% male and 61% was 25 years of age or older.

Looking ahead, forecasting just where exactly Endgame will end up is near impossible, but if we were to compare to Infinity War's domestic debut, that film went on to gross nearly $680 million at the domestic box office. Should Endgame deliver a similar multiplier we're talking about a domestic performance topping $920 million, which would put it just shy of the current record domestic gross of $936.6 million set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens back in 2015.

Whether Endgame is able to reach that mark will be a story for another day, but it seems safe to assume it will, at the very least, become the second largest domestic release of all-time considering the lowest multiplier for a film in the MCU is Captain America: Civil War's 2.27x, which would give Endgame a nearly $800 million domestic run.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Scores Record-Setting $156.7 Million on Friday

  • Variety
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Scores Record-Setting $156.7 Million on Friday
“Avengers: Endgame” is on its way to a record-breaking debut — to put it mildly — with an estimated $345 million from 4,662 North American locations.

The final installment in the Avengers saga landed an enormous $156.7 million on Friday after a stunning international debut on Wednesday, which included a $107 million opening day in China. “Endgame’s” first Stateside day marks the highest opening day of all time, beating out “Star Wars: The Force Awakens'” $119 million. Since “Endgame’s” international debut, which saw openings in 46 markets, the Disney pic has accumulated an estimated $487 million overseas for a global total of $643.7 million.

Some estimates place its three-day haul in a more conservative range, between $310 million and $340 million. “Endgame’s” $156.7 million U.S. opening day marks a 47% increase over “Avengers: Infinity War’s” $106.3 million. “Infinity War” also currently holds the record for largest debut weekend with $257.7 million — a number sure to be obliterated by “Endgame.” The superhero
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Avengers: Endgame Breaks Box Office Records with $1.2 Billion Global Opening

Alec Bojalad Apr 29, 2019

Avengers: Endgame, Marvel's conclusion to the Infinity Saga, broke just about every conceivable box office record this weekend.

Avengers: Endgame broke box office records this weekend. What box office records? All of them.

Disney's conclusion to this era of the Marvel Cinematic Universe made nearly $1.2 billion worldwide. That's by far the best opening weekend of all time. In fact, it's the first film to ever cross $1 billion in such a short time frame (five days). Avengers: Infinity War took 11 days.

Domestically, Avengers: Endgame took in $350 million. That breaks the opening weekend record by nearly $100 million. That record previously belonged to Avengers: Infinity War, and its now-puny $257 million. On a more granular domestic level, Avengers: Endgame absolutely dominated, The film shattered the opening night record with $60 million on Thursday night screenings alone, which topped the $57 million earned by Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Soars to Record-Breaking $60 Million Opening in North America

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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Soars to Record-Breaking $60 Million Opening in North America
Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” has opened astronomically in North America with a record $60 million in Thursday night preview showings.

It’s the top domestic preview number of all time, besting “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” at $57 million in 2015.

Anticipation has been sky high this year for fourth and final Avengers movie. “Avengers: Endgame” will open in over 4,600 North American theaters this weekend, marking the widest release of any movie at the domestic box office. The current opening weekend record for North America was set a year ago when “Avengers: Infinity War” launhed with $257.7 million.

The movie has taken in $305 million in its first two days of global release in 46 markets, led by a powerful $154 million in China.

“The moment the world has been waiting for is finally here as Marvel’s epic and mind-blowing ‘Avengers: Endgame’ has begun its global domination of the multiplex and is already breaking
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Previews Hit All-Time $60M Record, Squashes ‘Force Awakens’

  • Deadline
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Previews Hit All-Time $60M Record, Squashes ‘Force Awakens’
Avengers: Endgame has beat Force Awakens for the top grossing Thursday preview, making $60M.

As of early LA time last night, Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame grossed $43M from showtimes that started at 6PM, however, this morning, many believe that a record toppling Star Wars: Force Awakens’ Thursday night ($57M) is in store. Disney typically reports around 8 AM. Already off early evening shows, Endgame set a Marvel Thursday night/preview record besting the $39M made by Avengers: Infinity War a year ago.

Meanwhile, among films already in full play, guess what was No. 1 last night? Captain Marvel which made an estimated $1.3M to New Line’s Curse of Llorona‘s $998K. Captain Marvel‘s running total through 7 weeks is $405.5M.
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'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?

'Avengers: Endgame' Set for Global Domination, Can It Deliver a $300M Domestic Debut?
In 2008 we saw the birth of what has come to be known as the Marvel Cinematic Universe with the release of Iron Man. Eleven years, 21 films and $18.6 billion in worldwide ticket sales later, that universe has come to redefine the idea of the modern blockbuster. This weekend Avengers: Endgame will give audiences the ending they were promised all those years ago, concluding the events that began with last year's record-breaking release of Avengers: Infinity War, en route to a sure-fire record breaking performance of its own. Before a single frame outside of the trailers had been seen, Disney and Marvel Studios's Avengers: Endgame began breaking records. In its first seven days of pre-sales, the film sold "five times" as many tickets as Avengers: Infinity War according to online ticket retailer Fandango.com and since then it remains the company's top pre-seller of all-time. Further more, the film will open
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Kevin Feige Gets Biggest Standing Ovation After Triumphant ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Premiere; Will Pic Sink Cameron’s Titanic On All Time B.O. List?

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Kevin Feige Gets Biggest Standing Ovation After Triumphant ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Premiere; Will Pic Sink Cameron’s Titanic On All Time B.O. List?
After an Avengers: Endgame premiere screening that packs as much intricate storytelling and surprises as any Hollywood blockbuster you’ve ever seen, there was another surprise right after at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Every current Marvel Comic Universe star was onstage, making speeches and taking bows. The actors who play the original Avengers — Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner — gave very emotional speeches, with the guys trying to figure out who cried most often during the premiere of a very emotional and moving film. But the big surprise was that the largest standing ovation was reserved not for those actors — some of whom move are hanging up their costumes — but rather for the Marvel producer/executive behind them, Kevin Feige.

The attention was well deserved. While rival DC is now finding its footing after a long miss and hit string of mostly dark
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records

  • Variety
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Expected to Shatter Box Office Records
“Avengers: Endgame” has its sights set on world domination.

Disney and Marvel’s upcoming superhero epic should light the box office on fire when it launches this weekend, with the hopes of setting domestic, international, and global records. In North America alone, “Avengers: Endgame” is expected to earn between $250 million and $268 million in its first three days of release. If it hits the higher part of that range it would qualify as the biggest domestic debut of all time, a distinction currently held by 2018’s “Avengers: Infinity War,” the precursor to “Endgame,” which launched with $257.7 million.

Advance ticket sales have been sky high for “Endgame,” so box office watchers are confident the grand conclusion to the current phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be one for the record books. At the very least, the opening weekend of “Endgame” will position itself as one of the best launches ever. Disney
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AMC Keeping Theaters Open For 72 Hours Straight For Avengers: Endgame

When Avengers: Endgame tickets first went on sale near the start of this month, ticketing sites saw an overwhelming influx of visitors scrambling to book those first screenings, causing some sites to crash from the traffic. Now we’re just a few days away from seeing those same fans come pouring into theaters, but it seems that AMC is doing all they can to accommodate the impending rush.

According to Deadline, the theater chain has 29 of its cinemas scheduled to be open around-the-clock this Thursday through Friday. On top of that, 18 theaters are open nonstop Thursday through Saturday, while an additional 17 locations will keep going into Sunday, staying open for 72 hours straight.

AMC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Programming Officer Elizabeth Frank explained these drastic measures as follows.

“AMC guests have already purchased more tickets to Avengers: Endgame than we’ve ever sold in advance of a film’s
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How AMC Theatres Is Prepping For The ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Onslaught This Weekend

  • Deadline
With Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame busting every imaginable presales record in AMC’s history, the world’s No. 1 exhibitor is making sure the Russo Brothers pic is available on as many screens as possible with millions of tickets still available stateside.

As Deadline reported earlier, AMC — together with the No. 2 and 3 chains Regal and Cinemark — are estimated to be driving 90% of the $120M-plus advance ticket sales for Endgame, according to industry sources. That figure far exceeds the $100M presales made by Star Wars: The Force Awakens before it opened in December 2015.

This afternoon AMC reported that 29 of its theaters are scheduled to be open around-the-clock this Thursday through Friday for Endgame, with 18 open nostop from Thursday through Saturday. And on top of that, 17 additional AMC locations will be opening between Thursday night and Sunday for 72 hours straight.

“AMC guests have already purchased more tickets to Avengers: Endgame than we
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Presales Estimated At $120M+; $300M Domestic Opening In Play

  • Deadline
‘Avengers: Endgame’ Presales Estimated At $120M+; $300M Domestic Opening In Play
According to Deadline sources, before Avengers: Endgame flickers even one image on a movie screen ahead of its Thursday night previews nationwide, advance domestic ticket sales for the Russo Brothers-directed Marvel sequel are estimated to be north of $120 million, with some figuring they’re as high as $140M. These figures do not come from Disney.

Again, it’s not clear if all of those presales are designated for this weekend at the box office, but the projection makes sense: Avengers: Endgame shattered the first 24-hour advance tickets sales record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Fandango four years ago and other exhibitor ticketing outlets. Prior to that pic’s once-historic opening domestic weekend of $247.9M, Force Awakens’ presales were estimated to be north of $100M.

We hear that the big three chains — AMC, Regal and Cinemark — currently are driving 75% of Endgame‘s presales.

Fandango reported this month that
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens May Have Revealed Who The Skywalker In The Rise Of Skywalker Is

The title for Episode IX was finally revealed to us at the end of its first trailer last weekend, and as the whole world knows by now, it’s The Rise of Skywalker. It came as a surprise at the time, but it turns out that it was alluded to back in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, in the same scene that also foreshadowed the title of The Last Jedi.

Reddit user A1_ebrock is responsible for pointing this out. In Snoke’s only appearance in Tfa, the Supreme Leader of the First Order warns General Hux and Kylo Ren that their plans could soon be scuppered. “The droid will soon be delivered to the resistance, leading them to the last Jedi,” the villain says. “If Skywalker returns, the new Jedi will Rise.”

You can refresh your memory of the scene below:

Of course, this scene also almost name-checks Tfa‘s title,
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‘Avengers’ Ultimate Trailer Mashup: From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Endgame’ Final Showdown (Video)

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‘Avengers’ Ultimate Trailer Mashup: From ‘Iron Man’ to ‘Endgame’ Final Showdown (Video)
If the anticipation of seeing “Avengers: Endgame” is driving you crazy, this epic tribute mashup of trailers over 11 years, from “Iron Man” to the upcoming final showdown, just might tide you over.

“Part of the journey is the end,” Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark says in voiceover from 2008 “Iron Man” footage in the new trailer posted Friday, courtesy of Fandango Movieclips.

“Try to save as many people as we can, sometimes that doesn’t mean everybody,” is heard, as superheroes dissolve into dust and vanish, the shocking end of “Infinity War.” Thor, Thanos, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, the Guardians of the Galaxy and even Rocket flash before the screen.

Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' Breaks All-Time Pre-Sale Ticket Record on Atom Tickets

The world has changed, and they are at war. Captain America, Black Widow, the Hulk and everyone else in the McU fight to save humanity…
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Kathleen Kennedy says Lucasfilm planning “the next ten years or more” of Star Wars

Disney CEO Bob Iger may have revealed that Star Wars will be taking a hiatus from the big screen following the release of this December’s Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but that doesn’t mean that Lucasfilm is slowing down behind the scenes.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter after Star Wars Celebration, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has revealed that she’ll be meeting with the likes of Rian Johnson and Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in May as they plot out “the next ten years or more” of Star Wars.

“We knew we were going to close [the Skywalker Saga] up; we knew that even before we started The Force Awakens,” said Kennedy. “We are looking at the next saga. We are not just looking at another trilogy; we’re really looking at the next ten years or more. [The Rise of Skywalker] is the culmination of the Skywalker Saga; it
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Analysts Now Predicting An Unprecedented Opening Weekend For Avengers: Endgame

We’re now one week out from the release of Avengers: Endgame, and it feels like the box office projections just keep getting higher.

Near the start of this month, THR forecast a domestic opening in the range of $200-$250 million. Shortly afterwards, Deadline suggested that the Avengers: Infinity War sequel has “a good shot” at passing $260 million, and may even approach the $300 million mark. And now, ComicBook.com has spoken to three box office analysts, whose estimates are at least as generous.

Boxoffice chief analyst Shawn Robbins, for instance, said that a $300 million domestic opening could end up being “very probable,” though he admits that Endgame’s record-breaking projections bring us into untested waters.

“It’s unprecedented territory,” Robbins said. “The numbers that are out floating around out there no matter where you look, it’s on a level that I don’t even think the most optimistic and/or sort of expected.
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Mark Hamill says he loves to troll Star Wars fans online as it “drives them crazy”

Mark Hamill, one of the stars of the upcoming Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, says that he “loves to tease fans online” and doesn’t care what Disney thinks about it.

Anyone who has paid attention to Mark Hamill online, knows how much the actor enjoys interacting with his fans, this includes teasing them now and again. Trolling Star Wars fans seems to be one of his favourite past times in fact.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hamill spoke about the fun he had trolling fans with Seth Meyers: “[Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker] comes out in December so I only have eight months of trolling left. I love to tease the fans online. It drives them crazy. I’m sure Disney is not happy about it, but what are they gonna do, fire me? It’s too late.”

It’s certainly true that Disney can’t
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‘Exorcist’ Star Max Von Sydow Doesn’t Let Age Define His Roles

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‘Exorcist’ Star Max Von Sydow Doesn’t Let Age Define His Roles
Max von Sydow turned 90 this month, which is a milestone for most people, but age has always seemed incidental to the actor. When he played the elderly, frail Father Merrin in “The Exorcist,” von Sydow was 44 — meaning he was the same age Bradley Cooper is today.

In the 1950s, von Sydow had his big breakthrough in a trio of Ingmar Bergman films — “The Seventh Seal,” “Wild Strawberries” and “The Magician” — while still in his 20s, but with the wisdom and sadness of the world in his eyes. Von Sydow has appeared in such fan favorites as “Game of Thrones,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” “Rush Hour 3” and David Lynch’s “Dune.” But to most, he’s synonymous with his 11 films for Bergman and “The Exorcist.” In A.D. Murphy’s enthusiastic Variety review of the latter on Dec. 24, 1973, he said of von Sydow, “His performance is one of controlled dedication.
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J.J. Abrams on fans calling Star Wars: The Force Awakens too similar to A New Hope

J.J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, has discussed fans calling his The Force Awakens too similar to A New Hope.

While fans around the world enjoyed seeing Star Wars: The Force Awakens in cinemas, one point of complaint was that the film was very similar to A New Hope.

What does director J.J. Abrams think of this? Well, in a recent interview with Fandango, the director touched on this very subject:

“We’ve gotten a lot of flack for people saying, ‘Oh, Force Awakens was just a remake of New Hope,’ and while that was something that obviously was never the intention, it was about introducing new characters [and] using the old, and there’s a natural sense in any hero’s journey of certain tenants will come to play.”

Abrams also discussed how this impacts The Rise of Skywalker: “We very much wanted to make
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J.J. Abrams on Rey’s Parents in ‘The Rise of Skywalker’: “There’s More to the Story”

It appears the debate over Rey’s parents will indeed continue in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Ever since Daisy Ridley’s Rey was introduced as our new protagonist in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans have speculated that she’s somehow a relative of the Skywalkers. That’s a fair assumption given that the protagonist of both the prequel trilogy and the original trilogy is a Skywalker, but this new trilogy has appeared to veer off in new and interesting directions, so there remained the possibility that Rey was not, in fact, a Skywalker. Confirmation of Rey’s …
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