Monday, April 29, 2019

Monday's Headlines | Weekend Box Office


Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” has set more than a dozen box office records in its first five days — many by wide margins. These are some of the records the superhero tentpole is destroying on its first weekend at the box office:

Biggest Worldwide Opening: “Avengers: Endgame” grossed $1.2 billion worldwide. The previous record holder was “Avengers: Infinity War” with $640 million on the same weekend last year.

Fastest to Reach $1 Billion Worldwide: “Avengers: Endgame” needed only five days to hit the milestone. “Avengers: Infinity War” was the previous record-holder, reaching it in 11 days.

Top North American Opening: The film’s estimated domestic debut of $350 million was $93 million higher than “Avengers: Infinity War” and $102 million above “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the previous two record-holders.

Top Daily Totals: “Avengers: Endgame” set North American records for Friday ($156.7 million, including a record $60 million in previews), Saturday ($109 million) and Sunday (an estimated $84.3 million).

Top China Opening: China’s five-day launch hit $330.5 million, the highest local or Western film debut of all time. Its opening day of $107.8 million (including midnight shows) was the biggest of all-time.

Biggest International Debut: The $859 million total for outside North America smashed the previous record held by “Fate of the Furious” with $443 million.

Highest Opening Weekend in 44 Markets: Those include Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Spain and UK/Ireland. It also set the highest single-day grosses in 29 markets, including Australia, China, Korea, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Spain, UK/Ireland.

Biggest Domestic Weekend Total: “Avengers: Endgame” led the overall North American box office to its first $400 million weekend, obliterating the record of $314 million set a year ago when “Avengers: Infinity War” opened.

Top Market Share: The fourth Avengers movie has the title for top market share for an opening weekend among films that opened at more than $150 million with 87% of the total box office. That distinction had been held by “Avengers: Age of Ultron” with 82% of the total market when it opened with $233 million in 2015.

Imax Record: “Avengers: Endgame” broke the Imax worldwide opening record with $91.5 million, 92% above previous record-holder “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Biggest 3D Sale: An estimated $540 million in wordwide ticket sales was generated by the 3D format. “Avengers: Infinity War” had been the prior record holder at $366 million.

Widest North American Release: “Avengers: Endgame” opened at 4,662 theaters in North America, besting the 4,529 location count of “Despicable Me.