Avengers: Endgame overtakes Titanic as No 2 movie of all time
The superhero film has earned US$2.19 billion worldwide, with only Avatar doing better. For now.
Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Endgame has stormed into historic territory, earning US$2.19 billion worldwide in less than two weeks to become the No 2 film of all time, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported on Sunday (May 5).
That exalted number, which includes the film's estimated take of US$145.8 million this three-day weekend in North America, pushes the superhero blockbuster past Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which netted US$2.07 billion, and even Titanic (US$2.18 billion).
Only Avatar (US$2.79 billion) has done better. Yet Avengers hit its record total in just 11 days, taking in a stunning US$575.8 million in China alone.
Hollywood analysts predict a long run for Avengers, which drew a rare 96 per cent rating on the Rotten Tomatoes website and features a star-studded cast including Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin.
Repeat viewings from comic-book enthusiasts, as well as premium formats like IMAX and 3D have helped box office receipts reach extraordinary heights. IMAX theatres have accounted for US$170 million of tickets sold across the globe, while just under US$1 billion has come from 3D screens. Only two films in history – Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens – have earned more than a billion dollars from the 3D format.
Overseas, Avengers: Endgame remained the No 1 film in all markets aside from Japan. This weekend, the superhero blockbuster raked in another US$282.2 million from 55 international markets. Top foreign territories include China (US$575 million), the United Kingdom (US$89.9 million), and Korea (US$82.1 million).
Trailing Avengers by several light years, rival studios still managed to place new films in the next three box-office spots.
Sony's psychological thriller The Intruder came in second, at US$11 million. Michael Ealy and Meagan Good star as a young couple who buy a dream home in California's Napa Valley unaware that its previous owner (Dennis Quaid) plans to take it back – at all costs.
In third was Lionsgate's romantic comedy Long Shot, at US$10 million. Seth Rogen plays Fred Flarsky, an out-of-work journalist who has a romantic interest in his former babysitter (Charlize Theron) who – now a candidate for the US presidency – might seem a bit out of his reach.
STX Films' animated film UglyDolls placed fourth, at US$8.5 million. The plot? A bunch of misfit dolls with pointy ears and bad teeth – residents of Uglyville – face a harsh world but finally discover their inner beauty. The voices of Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, Wanda Sykes and Janelle Monae are featured.
In fifth place, hanging strong in its ninth week out and boosted by Avengers: Endgame, was Disney's Captain Marvel, at US$4.3 million. The superhero tentpole, starring Brie Larson as a former fighter pilot who gains superpowers, has earned US$420 million in North America and US$1.12 billion globally.