Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Dominates Worldwide

Box Office: “Avengers: Infinity War” Dominates Worldwide

By Paul Ebeling: Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War continued to dominate the early Summer box office at the weekend, earning $112.5-M domestically from 4,474 theaters to score the 2nd-biggest 2nd frame outing ever as it topped the $1-B mark globally faster than any film in history.

Overseas, the mega-Superhero group pic grossed another $162.6-M for a foreign total of $713.3-M and $1.164-B worldwide.

On 11 May, Infinity War opens in China.Saturday, Infinity War joined the Billion-Dollar Club, its 11th day in release.

That bests the 12 days it took Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Infinity War becomes the 34th movie to cross $1-B at the global box office.

The Disney Empire lays claim to 50% of those titles with 17.

Infinity War fell 56% domestically, a respectable decline for a Superhero tentpole.

The other Hollywood studios stayed sidelined because of Infinity War, which has resulted in Y 2018 domestic revenue running ahead of last year by 5%+.

Some of the others
  1. MGM and Lionsgate’s (NYSE:LGF) remake of Overboard. The romantic comedy, starring popular Mexican actor Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris, grossed$14.8-M from 1,623 theaters to come in #2. It is the biggest opening to date for Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films, which took advantage of the Cinco de Mayo holiday in plugging the movie, which earned an A- CinemaScore from audiences,Hispanics made up 42% of ticket buyers.
  2. Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) hit horror film A Quiet Place came in #3 in its 5th outing with $7.6-M for a domestic box office take of $159.9-M. Globally, the movie passed the $250-M mark to finish Sunday with $255.3-M in worldwide box office.
  3. STX’s Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty placed #4 with $4.9-M for a soft tally of $37.8-M. It has earned $46.8-M worldwide to date.
  4. Dwayne Johnson’s Rampage, from Warner Bros., a unit of Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) rounded out the Top 5 with $4.6-M to finish Sunday with a global box office of $377.9-M.
At the specialty box office

Magnolia and Participant Media’s RBG, a documentary about US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The film placed # 16 with $560,000 from 34 theaters for a strong per-screen average of $16,471. Source: Live Trading News
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Disney sorry for 'Avengers 3' China event fiasco

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as actors Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland pose for photos onstage with fans offstage in the background at the Chinese premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" held at the Shanghai Disney Resort, Thursday, April 19, 2018. [Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures]

An executive at the Walt Disney Studios, China on Monday admitted "big mistakes" to disappointed Chinese fans for an event held at the Shanghai Disney Resort last week to promote the much-anticipated film "Avengers: Infinity War."

Marvel Studios' parent company, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, summoned local media and fan club leaders on Monday in Shanghai for a media briefing to explain the situation, apologize and listen to fans' suggestions.

The executive, who asked to remain anonymous, said the event was held with good intentions to "expand the influence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe," but many aspects of the premiere spiraled out of control and the event "didn't live up to Disney’s standards." He admitted the company made mistakes during the organizing process, and committed to studying and learning lessons from the fiasco in order to prevent such situations from happening again in the future.

He promised to listen to and communicate with fans more in the future, and said he will try to find more "appropriate ways" to promote their films. 

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo as well as actors Robert Downey Jr., Tom Hiddleston, Mark Ruffalo and Tom Holland appeared at the Chinese premiere of "Avengers: Infinity War" on Thursday to sign autographs and pose for photos, but later found Chinese fans flocking to their social media accounts to apologize. Source:
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