A lot of people saw Avengers: Endgame. It’s poised to be the biggest movie of Summer 2019. But how big?
Avengers: Endgame has officially grossed $1.2 Billion worldwide in its first weekend. Domestically it has made $357 million and an additional $866 million from international territories.
James Cameron’s Avatar is still the highest grossing movie of all time worldwide with a gross of over $2.7 Billion. Only three other films have grossed $2 Billion, but none have ever gotten close to that coveted 2.7.
Endgame is looking like it has a legitimate shot of coming close to Cameron’s film.
Marvel broke the internet when the much-anticipated tickets finally went on sale.
Fandango reported that Endgame was their biggest pre-seller in history, with a reported 8,000 sold out shows.
This is where things will start to get tricky. Endgame will essentially have two weekends for itself. On the weekend of May 10, Detective Pikachu will release. Detective Pikachu is a live-action Pokemon film that looks like a lot of fun. The film has gotten a lot of good buzz, and will most likely attract a combination of families and Pokemon fans. Then the week after that John Wick 3, and then on May 24 there’s Aladdin, and then on the 31st, there’s Godzilla: King of the Monsters.
How much money can Endgame realistically make in two weeks before the other major summer releases start trickling in? And can it respectively stay afloat when those new films are hot and Endgame starts to become old news?
Avatar, Titanic, and The Force Awakens all had the advantage of being December releases, where their box office dominance can easily go into the New Year because of the low competition of January and February films. While Infinity War made $2 Billion, it couldn’t quite pass the three above-mentioned films. Black Panther in February made more domestically than Infinity War did because of its lack of serious competition during the February time period.
Since the weekend of May 3rd pretty much has nothing that can challenge a Marvel film, its second-weekend drop shouldn’t be bad. By the time its second week of release is over, the film’s gross should be somewhere near $1.7-1.8 Billion.
Each subsequent weekend after Pikachu will have some type of major release that audiences will undeniably flock to, rather than repeating the same movie over and over. But since this film is truly the culmination of eleven years worth of films, there will definitely be a lot of repeat viewings.
It’s hard to predict the box office drop of a movie like this. Fans and critics are loving it, but the movie has serious competition in the months of May, June, and July. If by the time Pikachu comes out on May 10th and Endgame has grossed $2 Billion, then there is definitely a chance for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
For more Marvel content read MediaByte’s Avengers: Endgame review. How much do you think this film is going to make? Can it make more than Avatar?