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Avengers Assemble Greatest Opening Weekend Ever - Week 1

Avengers: Infinity War
Deadpool 2
Incredibles 2
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Solo: A Star Wars Story
While the 2018 Summer Movie Pool may be an event 22 years in the making, it only took ten years for Marvel Studios to turn The Avengers into the greatest superhero franchise in the history of the universe… Well, at least in this universe of the multiverse.

In 2012 The Avengers had the biggest opening weekend of all-time with $207.4 million. In 2015, Avengers: Age of Ultron had the second biggest opening weekend of all-time (Hey, it’s hard to beat a classic) with $191.7 million. Then, along came some dinosaurs and folks from a galaxy far, far away to tug on Hulk’s purple pants. Jurassic World and Star Wars knocked those supers down a couple notches on the opening weekend record books and it looked like they might be able to do it again this summer, until...

Avengers: Infinity War opened with the largest weekend gross ever with $257.7 million!!! That almost $10 million more than Star Wars: The Force Awakens $247.9 in 2015!!!

Wasn’t there superhero fatigue after Black Panther just became the highest grossing comic book film mere months ago? Wasn’t the April start bad timing instead of the usual first weekend of May tradition? Wasn’t the 160 minute run time going to impact how many screenings they could run and cause bladder explosions? Apparently, Black Panther only wet everyone’s whistle, the memo about the early release was spammed everywhere, and I hear there were shortages of Depends all over the country as Americans always find a way to survive in times of crisis.

Crisis might describe any pooler who didn’t roll with Infinity War as their top film. With two more weekends to go without any big-budget tent-pole movie in its path, Cap and his crew have a lot of time to make a lot of money. Wakanda Forever indeed!

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Infinity War - $257.7 million
#2. n/a
#3. n/a
#4. n/a
#5. n/a


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As per the Week 1 tradition, here were my esteemed, extremely well thought-out and perpetually doomed to fail 2018 Summer Movie Pool prognostications.

(And I’m aiming for back-to-back summer greatness after Dunkirk backwards-assed it’s way into the Top 5 last year because literally nothing else of note came out in the six remaining weeks after it. Fear my 2-win and 40-loss movie pool record!!!)

It was a little tricky as there were three “for sures” for me, two “most likelys,” and then I could just never talk myself into the other films measuring up. That meant a low tide for Ocean’s 8, bug spray for Ant-Man & The Wasp, a building code violation for Skyscraper, and not choosing to accept Mission: Impossible - Fallout. I’m all-in to see all those films this summer, I just couldn’t see them surpassing these five films...

#1. Avengers: Infinity War - I tried to talk myself into a lot of other possibilities. I was fearful of the long running time. I wondered if it would be “fun enough” for repeat viewings. I looked at what other films that had topped The Avengers since 2012 and both of those franchise have a film coming out this very summer! Ultimately, I thought Jurassic World 2 would come-up a little short than it’s first film (much like Avengers 2 did), I couldn’t see Incredibles 2 doing “even better” than Finding Dory, and I just don’t know a single Star Wars fan who’s more excited than a “Yeah, I guess I’ll see it” about Solo. Seriously, are there even going to be people sleeping out in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see that film? Regardless, I believed it would succeed but probably not as much as I should have. I guesstimated $578 million and if the general rule of opening weekend being a third of a film’s gross, I’m already about $200 million off. Ouch.

#2. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom - We know it’ll do great, yet it has more direct competition being sandwiched between Incredibles 2 and Ant-Man this time around. Also, the next film after a massive hit almost always goes down (see Avengers 2, The Last Jedi, Spectre, and, of course, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo).

#3. Incredibles 2 - In a normal world, I couldn’t be more excited for Incredibles 2. Sadly, I live in a world of Monsters University and Finding Dory. Movies that took the wonderful memories of their originals and made mediocre, cash cow sequels. If Pixar does that with The Incredibles, I’m sending an Omnidroid their way!

#4. Solo: A Star Wars Story - This film could finish anywhere on the Top Five and maybe even miss it altogether. Shouldn’t I have seen one trailer yet where I’m like, “Yeah, I’d love to see this guy play a young Han Solo” yet? How is the one thing that feels “off” in this film the guy they cast as Solo?! Still, I feel a lot of Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull potential here. People may not like it, but they’ve still going to go see it. It’s A Star Wars Something and that can’t miss the Top Five… Can it? Gulp.

#5. Deadpool 2 - Again, I looked at the rest of the landscape and couldn’t see anything else getting to the almost guaranteed $300 million this film should pull off (and likely more) based on the popularity of the first film. Interestingly enough, Deadpool’s greatest villain could be if the Solo movie is actually good. Even if not, kids under 17 will be buying tickets to Solo to sneak into Deadpool 2… ka-ching! The force will be with them… always.

Good luck, everyone!

by Matt Neuenburg on 05/02/2018

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Avengers: Infinity War, Deadpool 2, Incredibles 2, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story
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