The story at the box office the last two weeks has been this little indie flick Avengers: Endgame. The film made an estimated $147.3 million at the domestic box office in its second week of release. That’s just shy of second weekend record set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $149.2M.
Endgame dropped -58.7%, which is a smaller sophomore drop than the original Avengers and Infinity War, yet a bit more than Age of Ultron.
Domestically, Endgame has grossed an outstanding $621M. Worldwide, we’re looking at a jaw-dropping $2.19 billion in a mere 12 days. That’s enough to sink James Cameron’s Titanic for the second highest-grossing film of all-time. It remains to be seen of the 22nd film from Marvel Studios has enough gas left in the tank to topple Avatar‘s $2.78B worldwide record (coincidentally also from James Cameron).
Elsewhere at the box office, Screen Gem’s Denis Quaid thriller The Intruder stole the number two spot with a $10.8M debut. That’s more than studio expectations, which had the film pegged for a $9M opening. It’s not a huge number, but it sets The Intruder up pretty well looking ahead since the film only costs $8M to produce.
Lionsgate’s excellent romantic comedy Long Shot starring Seth Rogen and Oscar-winner Charlize Theron (check out my review here) boasts the best reviews of all the week’s new releases and took the third spot this weekend with $9.7M. The film scored a mix “B” CinemaScore, which isn’t a strong indicator that it will have strong legs during its theatrical run.
STX’s Animated Ugly Dolls was the most expensive new release this week with a reported production cost of $45M. So imagine the studio’s disappointment when the film only debuted to a measles $8.6M. Despite its unimpressive opening, STX has already managed to land numerous promotional partners for Ugly Dolls, including a 26-episode series to debut on Hulu. Whatever it looks like now, we haven’t seen the last of this hopeful franchise.
Rounding out the top five yet again is Marvel’s Captain Marvel, which jumped back into the top five prior to Endgame’s release and has stayed there ever since. This weekend the film landed an additional $4.2M for a total domestic haul of $420M. Captain Marvel already become the studio’s first billion-dollar hit earlier this year.
What do you make of this weekend’s box office results? Are you as stunned as I am about Endgame‘s performance? Or did hypo expect as much? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts!