‘Avengers’ Snap Box-Office Records to Dust - Week 1 | Avengers: Endgame | Spider-Man: Far From Home | The Lion King

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‘Avengers’ Snap Box-Office Records to Dust - Week 1

Avengers: Endgame
Spider-Man: Far From Home
The Lion King
The Secret Life of Pets 2
Toy Story 4
Everyone knew records were going to fall this weekend. They hype has been inescapable for weeks. Then, finally, Thursday night it happened… Taylor Swift’s new video came out and smashed multiple YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, and everywhere else it was available records! #ReputationFixed #ShakeItOffWhatTheyMadeYouDo #IDon’tKnowHowToMakeHashtags. Looks like there was one superhero Thanos was overlooking.

Despite this life changing event, a James Bond press conference that didn’t even give us the name of the new movie, and another white 70 year-old deciding to run for president, people were still able to make a little time for something called Avengers: Endgame.

Suffice to say, I almost felt like I should just cut-and-paste last year’s Week 1 recap which just babbled on and on about Avengers: Infinity War breaking all these records, because, basically, history just repeated itself… but in a Marvelous way. You see, Endgame not only topped Infinity War’s $257.7 million opening weekend… it beat it by $100 million!!!

Yes, Avengers: Endgame debuted with a mind-blowing $357.1 million. People may talk about how records are made to be broken, yet this one seems like it’s going to stand for quite awhile. In its first weekend Avengers: Endgame made more than Furious 7, Zootopia, and Batman vs. Superman made in their entire runs! I’m proud that my bladder and I could were able to be a part of this momentous occasion.

Now, many films earn a third of their total gross in the first weekend. If that stands true for Avengers: Endgame, that would be projecting an unheard of $1.05 billion final tally. Star Wars: The Force Awakens and their $936.7 million gross have been put on notice. Much danger they sense in you.

There’s not much else to say since I’m #Don’tSpoilTheEndgame-ing this recap. My film comments are limited to things everyone already knows like Captain America shaves his beard, someone says “whatever it takes,” and Jojo Siwa really nails the closing credits song. Ok, maybe one of those three things isn’t true.

The Top Five If Today Was Labor Day:
#1. Avengers: Endgame - $357.1 million
#2. n/a
#3. n/a
#4. n/a
#5. n/a

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Extra Bonus Section

As per the Week 1 tradition, here are my esteemed, extremely well thought-out and perpetually doomed to fail 2019 Summer Movie Pool prognostications. It takes a lot of work to earn a 2-win 42-loss record in 22 years!

I feel pretty good about my Top Five films. The order messed with my head though. While there looks to be tons of hits this year that could make $200-$250 million, like the films I list next, only a few seem $300 million-bound to me. That meant I decided Rocket Man wouldn’t go out of this world, Aladdin forgot to make a wish to be in the Top Five, Men In Black: International is only international in that way that IHOP is, Detective Pikachu is more Inspector Yu-Gi-Oh, and Hobbs & Shaw is clearly Tango & Cash meets Turner & Hootch meets Benny & June meets Thelma & Louise meets Marley & Me and every other ampersand movie I can think of.

So here’s what I really think will happen...

#1. Avengers: Endgame - I thought there might be an outside chance that the film could crash a little after it's destined huge first weekend. What if it was a let-down or the length actually made the film drag? What if it’s a film everyone needed to see once but didn’t need to see again? Then, I looked around, thought it might only do just a little better than Infinity War, and still realized nothing else was coming close to that this summer. I went with a $698 million total… which, by now, only looks like it’s $350 million off. Winning!

#2. The Lion King - I kept switching between this and Toy Story 4 as my 2 and 3. Eventually, I decided the 25th anniversary buzz of The Lion King, gazillions of broadway tickets sold in that time, the steller voice casting, and the culture event-ness of it all surpassed the interest of an animated series that most people felt was properly finished after Toy Story 3.

#3. Toy Story 4 - The last flick made over $400 million and this one will probably do about the same. I will say, TS4 feels strangely “under” promoted at this time. Is that because Disney realizes it's not great, or they just have a movie coming out every two weeks this summer and they can’t properly promote each one without stepping on some other film’s toes? Yeah, obviously the second reason. This is the same studio that made The Lone Ranger, John Carter, and about five Pirate of the Caribbean movies too many.

#4. Spider-Man: Far From Home - After the successful “homecoming” in the last film, this Spidey flick could do even better. It’s poised to be the mid-summer movie dessert on one of the biggest box-office weekends of the year, 4th of July. My Spidey sense is tingling!

#5. The Secret Life of Pets 2 - I still find it hard to believe the first Pets film made more than any of the Despicable Me films. That said, success breeds success and repeat customers. Folks that enjoyed their breezy take on animated animals will likely return to the fold and that sounded like more of a “sure thing” than the other films available.

Good luck, everyone!




by Matt Neuenburg on 04/30/2019

Movies Mentioned in this Post: Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Lion King, The Secret Life of Pets 2, Toy Story 4
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