Welcome to the Beat’s Weekend Box Office Recap!
After breaking and setting most of the box office records last weekend, Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame continued its dominance for a second weekend at #1, though it wasn’t able to beat one of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ second weekend record of $149.2 million.
Endgame certainly came very close according to estimates, as it added another $145.8 million to its gross for a second weekend in first place. Domestically, the movie has made $619.7 million, which already place it in the top 10 for highest-grossing movies in North America. It’s just behind the $620 million that Star Wars: The Last Jedi made a few years back, and it should be achieving Black Panther’s $700 million by this time next week.
Globally, Endgame has made $2.18 billion in less than two weeks, which moves it just ahead of the worldwide box office made by James Cameron’s Titanic in 1997. Cameron’s movie made $2.18 billion while remaining in theaters worldwide for many months, but to be fair, Endgame benefitted from twenty years of ticket inflation, higher premium ticket prices as well as more theaters and screens in general. For example, Titanic grossed $659 million domestically but that would be $1.2 billion adjusted for inflation. Adjusted for inflation, with the number of tickets it sold, Titanic would probably be closer to the $4 billion range worldwide, but hey, that’s what Cameron gets for making his movie over twenty years ago when movie tickets were cheaper, right?
There were four new movies opening in wide or moderate release this weekend. It might be little to no surprise that they all ended up on the lower side of most projections.
Deon Taylor’s psychological thriller The Intruder may have been the only surprise as it fared better than two of the other new movies, despite opening 1,000 fewer theaters. Screen Gems opened the movie, starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy and Meagan Good, moderately into 2,222 theaters. After making $865,000 in Thursday previews, the thriller maintained its business through the weekend to gross an estimated $11 million through Sunday.
As you might remember from my predictions earlier in the week, I had The Intruder opening behind the other two movies but with $12 million, so with The Intruder falling short of that amount, the other movies weren’t going to fare much better. Still, critics weren’t too kind to the indie filmmaker’s first movie with Screen Gems, but obviously, the movie delivered the type of experience audiences were looking for this weekend. We’ll have to see if it has any legs at all from word-of-mouth.
The Seth Rogen – Charlize Theron political rom-com Long Shot, directed by Jonathan Levine, opened in third place with a disappointing $10 million (est.) in 3,230 theaters. That’s roughly $3,104 per theater, which isn’t great. Although it had the best reviews of all the new movies, it only received a “B” from audiences via CinemaScore. We’ll have to see if word-of-mouth helps it with bigger movies opening over the rest of the month.
STXfilms’ very first animated family release UglyDolls, based on the popular toy line, failed to make much of a mark, opening in fourth place with an estimated $8.5 million in 3,652 theaters. Reviews for the musical movie, featuring the eclectic voice cast of Emma Roberts, Ice-T, Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull and Nick Jonas, were horrid and its CinemaScore was only slightly higher than that of Long Shot. It also has to face the new Pokemon movie next weekend, so there aren’t too many good signs it will pick up business through the rest of May.
The three new movies knocked Marvel’s other film Captain Marvel down to fifth place with $4.3 million (down 49%), bringing its total to $421 million in two months. We’ll have to see if it holds up its second place for the year with the likes of The Lion King and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars finale opening over the next seven months.
New Line’s Shazam! lost over 1,000 more theaters on Friday, so it spent its last weekend in the top 10 at #8 with $2.4 million with $135.2 million grossed domestically. It just doesn’t seem like DC is much of a match for Marvel when put head-to-head, as this one has.
Fledgling distributor Briarcliff Entertainment opened Ben Hernandez Bray’s action-thriller El Chicano, starring Raul Castillo, in 605 theaters across the country, but it failed to find much of an audience, opening outside the top 10 with $700,000 or less than $1,000 per theater.
A couple smaller films from foreign auteurs opened in New York and L.A. with Zhang Yimou’s martial arts film Shadow making $30,000 in four theaters and Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction making slightly less in just two theaters.
This Week’s Top 10:
|Rank||Last Week Rank||Movie||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Total Gross|
|1||1||Avengers: Endgame||Marvel/Disney||$145.8 million||-59%||$619.7 million|
|2||New||The Intruder||Sony/Screen Gems||$11 million||N/A||$11 million|
|3||New||Long Shot||Lionsgate||$10 million||N/A||$10 million|
|4||New||UglyDolls||STXfilms||$8.5 million||-N/A||$8.5 million|
|5||2||Captain Marvel||Marvel/Disney||$4.3 million||-49%||$420.8 million|
|6||4||Breakthrough||20th Century Fox||$4 million||-42%||$33.2 million|
|7||3||The Curse of La Llorona||New Line/WB||$3.5 million||-57%||$48.1 million|
|8||5||Shazam!||New Line/WB||$2.5 million||-56%||$135.2 million|
|9||7||Little||Universal||$1.5 million||-58%||$38.6 million|
|10||6||Dumbo||Walt Disney||$1.4 million||-59%||$1o9.7 million|
Endgame‘s $145.8 million helped put the top 10 well ahead of the same weekend last year when its precursor Avengers: Infinity War topped the box office with $115 million followed by the comedy remake Overboard with $14.7 million. Charlize Theron’s previous comedy Tully opened in sixth place with $3.3 million in 1,353 theaters.
Check back on Wednesday for The Beat‘s Box Office Preview of the coming weekend, which includes Warner Bros’ Pokemon: Detective Pikachu, starring Ryan Reynolds, the Anne Hathaway-Rebel Wilson comedy The Hustle and the Diane Keaton film Poms.
Edward Douglas has been writing about movies and other forms of entertainment for over 25 years, so he’s probably older than you.