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LOS ANGELES, May 5 (Variety.com) – Disney's "Avengers: Endgame" continues its unprecedented movie ticket run, earning another $ 145 million at its home cinema box office on the second weekend of the movie.
"Avengers: Endgame" is now the second largest movie of all time with $ 2.188 billion. The Marvel Juggernaut became the fastest movie in just eleven days to earn $ 2 billion worldwide, breaking the 47-day Avatar record. The domestic box office has now raised $ 619 million and internationally $ 1.56 billion.
In North America, "Avengers: Endgame" fell 59% on the opening weekend. That was not enough to secure the biggest second weekend of all time, a record still held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at $ 149 million. However, there was "Avengers: Infinity War" ($ 114 million) to host the second-largest weekend ever. Only six films have ever exceeded $ 100 million on their second weekend.
Repeated visits by comic enthusiasts as well as premium formats like Imax and 3D have helped the receipts reach extraordinary heights. Imax cinemas have sold $ 170 million in tickets sold worldwide, while nearly $ 1 billion has come from 3D screens. Only two films in history – "Avatar" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" – have earned over a billion dollars in 3D format.
Overseas, "Avengers: Endgame" remained Japan's leading film in all markets. This weekend, the superhero blockbuster scored another $ 282.2 million in 55 international markets. Major foreign territories include China ($ 575 million), the United Kingdom ($ 89.9 million) and Korea ($ 82.1 million).
While "Avengers: Endgame" continues to be the de facto choice among moviegoers, some brave studios opened new films with mixed results.
"The Intruder," a psychological thriller from Sony and Screen Gems, had the best of newcomers. In second place, it debuted $ 11 million at 2,222 locations in North America. That's a solid start since the studio spent $ 8 million on The Intruder. The PG-13 thriller revolves around a couple who has recently bought his dream home just to realize that the seller is getting involved in his life. While "Avengers: Endgame" continues to be the de facto choice among moviegoers, some brave studios opened new films with mixed results.
Lionsgate's "Long Shot", a raunchy romantic comedy starring Reth and Charlize Theron, was rated # 3 with a whopping $ 10 million in 3,250 screens. Jonathan Levine directed the film about a journalist (Rogen) trying to win over his former political politician (Theron), who now runs for the president. Since its premiere in South by Southwest, it has been rated mostly positive. The audience on the opening weekend distorted women (56 percent), while 68 percent of the movie audience were over 35 years old.
The latest release "UglyDolls" this weekend started in fourth place, far below expectations, and stumbled with 8.5 million US dollars from 3,652 venues. The animated musical by STX cost $ 45 million. The cast of the A list includes Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, and Pitbull, all of whom have recorded new music for the film. The family-friendly adventure follows a group of inappropriate puppets who are learning what it means to be unique.
Meanwhile, Disney's "Captain Marvel" got another boost of "Avengers: Endgame". It finished in 5th place and earned on the ninth weekend in the cinemas $ 4.3 million. The superhero Tentpole with Brie Larson earned $ 420 million in North America and $ 1.12 billion worldwide.
Thanks to "Avengers: Endgame" the shortfall in ticket sales continues to decline compared to the previous year. According to Comscore, box-office receipts are less than 10 percent behind last year after this weekend. Hollywood relies on a number of summer hits, including The Lion King, Toy Story 4, and Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw to fill this gap.
"As the race wins slowly and steadily, the onslaught of summer's major summer titles should systematically reduce the percentage systematically over the next few weeks," said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore.