‘Avengers: Endgame’ Smashes Record Midnight Opening in China

Brian Welk and Jeremy Fuster
As expected, “Avengers: Endgame” is still bringing moviegoers to theaters in droves in its second weekend. On Friday, the film added $40.6 million to its domestic total, pushing it to $514 million after just eight days in theaters.It took “Avengers: Infinity War” 11 days to gross $1 billion worldwide, and now “Endgame” will gross $2 billion in roughly that same time span. In the next week, the film will become one of the top three highest grossing films of all time, and is now in position to challenge the record of $2.78 billion set by “Avatar.” Regardless of whether or not it passes James Cameron’s film, “Endgame” will become one of the top 10 highest grossing after inflation adjustment.Also Read: Why 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' Will Avoid Any 'Avengers: Endgame' Tie-InsOn the domestic side, “Endgame” is currently estimated for a second weekend of $145 million. If Saturday over-indexes, it can break the $149.2 million second weekend record set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” As it stands, “Endgame” is set to have a 10-day domestic total of $619 million, putting it on course to pass the domestic totals of “The Avengers” and “Infinity War” in the coming week.Against this cultural behemoth, three new releases hit theaters this weekend, and all of them are falling below tracking expectations for a low teens opening. The one that has gotten closest is Sony/Screen Gems’ “The Intruder,” which grossed $3.9 million from 2,222 screens on Friday and is projected for a $10.4 million opening. Despite the presence of “Endgame,” “The Intruder” should make a modest profit, as it was made on a thrifty $8 million budget. It was panned by critics with a 28% Rotten Tomatoes score and received a B- on CinemaScore.Also Read: 'Avengers: Endgame' - Everything You Need to Know About the Asgardians of the GalaxyIn third is Lionsgate’s romantic comedy “Long Shot,” which is sitting just behind “The Intruder” with an estimated $10 million opening. For director Jonathan Levine and star Seth Rogen, this is roughly the same opening as their 2015 collaboration, “The Night Before.” The film has been well received, earning an 83% Rotten Tomatoes score and a B on CinemaScore.Both Levine and Rogen have signed first-look deals with Lionsgate for their respective studios, Megamix and Point Grey Pictures, as Lionsgate is looking to turn around their box office woes through deals with filmmakers. Lionsgate will release another film, “John Wick: Chapter 3,” later this month.In fourth is STXfilms/Alibaba’s animated film “UglyDolls,” which is projected for an $8.8 million opening against a $45 million budget co-financed by the two studios. The film has a B+ on CinemaScore and a 36% Rotten Tomatoes score. Marvel Studios’ “Captain Marvel,” which has legged out very well thanks to renewed interest from “Avengers,” completes the top five with an estimated $4.1 million in its ninth weekend.Read original story ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Continues Box Office Domination, Grosses $514 Million Domestic in One Week At TheWrap

“Avengers: Endgame” got off to an epic start at the box office in China, earning $28.2 million at midnight on Tuesday. Disney is estimating that at 10:50 p.m. local time, Marvel’s blockbuster is on pace for a $107.2 million (RMB 719M) estimated opening, which combines the midnight total with Wednesday’s approximate $79 million total.

The total crushes the $9.1 million from the midnight screening numbers set by “Furious 8.” And it would be by far the highest ever opening night in China box office history, passing the opening day for local release “Monster Hunt 2” ($85 million/RMB 547M).

By 8:40 p.m. local time in China, “Endgame” had crossed $74.3 million according to China Box Office, and tallies just keep climbing. “Endgame” also earned a reported $90 million in presale totals.

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“Endgame” has the potential to cross $1 billion at the global box office in its first weekend, but it would require record openings in all territories. The film’s predecessor, “Avengers: Infinity War,” reached $830 million globally on the back of a $190 million opening in China after its first full week.

“Endgame” was projected for a $250 million Chinese opening, but this strong start now pushes that figure closer to $300 million, which would make a $1 billion-plus opening very likely if that figure is matched in North America this weekend. What is most surprising about this performance is that “Endgame” was released on a work day in China, while “Monster Hunt 2” set the previous opening record during the Lunar New Year holiday.

Word of mouth in China has also reached unprecedented levels. On ticketing website Maoyan, the film has a score of 9.3/10, the highest ever for a Marvel movie. Such strong reception has been matched in the U.S., where “Endgame” has a “Certified Fresh” rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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