‘Avengers: Endgame’: Is A $1B Global Opening Even Possible? If So, Here’s How It Would Go Down – B.O. Preview

Friday, April 26: Spain, Japan, Mexico, as well as South Africa, India, Vietnam, Venezuela and Ecuador
To date Disney's MCU counts 21 films released to date which have amassed $18.6B worldwide (an average of $885M a film). The Avengers series (Avengers, Age of Ultron, Infinity War) has a combined global gross of nearly $5B (average of $1.66B per film).
The midnight pre-sales will likely come in around the $20M mark, topping all previous titles – including Furious 8’s $9.1M and Infinity War’s $8.9M midnights (at historic rates). China presales have hardly slowed with $80M now in the bank and $90M+ expected. That translated to 18 tickets being sold a second. Endgame presales in China brokes records in a matter of hours becoming the the Middle Kingdom's top preseller ever; not even a Chinese New Year title has ever crossed the 1M admission level that the Marvel did in a matter of three hours. Record presales are in full swing in the U.S./Canada, estimated to be north of $120M+, and even around the world: In India, online retailer BookMyShow reports that they sold 1m tickets in just one day in advance of the pic's April 26 opening in the country in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu. We hear that initial showtimes for Endgame in metropolitan areas of China are going for anywhere between $60 to $150 a ticket.
International release breakdown is as follows:
In Singapore, online ticketing platforms crashed when seats became available, and in India we hear advance bookings could set a new record. (Globally, Endgame, which was shot entirely with IMAX cameras, will be on 1,400 screens in the format.) At least 175 midnight shows throughout the UK, according to Applaudience, were sold out by local time this afternoon for Wednesday night, with hundreds more going fast. In regards to the rest of the world selling out on Endgame The IMAX BFI in London, for example, has only a handful of seats left in the 4AM and 8AM slots over the first weekend.
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Factor in the Middle Kingdom’s $190M adjusted and that rises to $550M. The movie finaled at $1.370B overseas and $2.048B worldwide at unadjusted rates. It was the fastest movie ever to $1B worldwide, the fourth movie to ever cross $2B and is the No. 3 film of all time at the international box office. Infinity War’s overseas opening last year was $360M at today’s rates and without China. Infinity War’s ultimate top offshore markets were China ($360M), the UK ($96.6M), Korea ($88.5M), Brazil ($66.7M) and Mexico ($60M), all at unadjusted rates.
China, midnight Tuesday. That's when Avengers: Endgame begins to rumble around the world, box office wise.
While the 22nd pic in the MCU is getting a five-day launch in China, it has only one day of play where school and work are not a factor. We have heard that sales are lower on the first Sunday versus the previous days. But it’s important to recall that F8 had a full weekend and DC2 opened during Chinese New Year. Historically, Furious 8 and Detective Chinatown 2 hold records for the first five days of a film in China at about $240M each. Because the State Council has given companies and students an extended four-day break from May 1-4, those extra days off are being compensated by Sunday April 28 (and Sunday May 5) being work days.
Many offshore cinemas are programming through the night and doubling up on auditoriums, much like the world No. Vue International’s pre-sales are breaking records with almost four times more tickets sold through last week than on Infinity War, and 2% more than The Force Awakens at the same stage. In the Philippines, several malls are staying open 24 hours to accommodate screenings while others are starting showings at 6AM. In U.S./Canada 450 Theatres will run special fan event screenings at 5pm Thursday. Vue’s UK Westfield and Printworks cinemas are running 24-hour screenings; smaller sites are showing it every 30 minutes. 1 exhibitor AMC is doing in the states, even keeping the lights on for 72 hours straight at some locations. Additionally, 12 theatres in major markets will run 22 film MCU Marathons (kicking off Tuesday morning), leading into the Thursday 5pm showing of Endgame.
Thursday, April 25:  UK, Brazil, as well as Croatia, Czech Rep, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine, Argentina, Panama, Uruguay, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad, Bolivia, Chile and Colombia
 Wednesday, April 24: France, Germany, Italy, Australia, China, Korea, as well as Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Lebanon, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand
Endgame makes its world premiere tonight in Los Angeles and the social media embargo lifts at 10pm PST. The global review embargo lifts at 3pm PST tomorrow so we'll see what the Rotten Tomatoes score is then.
hit $270M (and no less) and China overindexes to $310M, then a billion reach by Sunday from Thanos and The Avengers is possible. (or both) would need to overperform. If Endgame is going to hit a $1 billion global weekend opening, what would need to happen as we understand is that China or the U.S. $300M-plus a piece would be amazing, however, should the U.S. Grounded projections for China are in the $250M, $280M-plus range.
Even if the Anthony and Joe Russo-directed misses that mark, some forecast that through Endgame's first ten days it could make $1.5 billion. The film industry waits with bated breath, at what could be potentially be a colossal opening. In some distribution hallways around town, people are talking a $300M domestic opening and a–gasp–$1 billion worldwide start. U.S./Canada starts off at 6PM on Thursday. With the exception of Russia, which releases Monday April 29, Endgame will go out everywhere day-and-date internationally beginning Wednesday. Mind-boggling.
If we comp Infinity War’s China pre-sales of $65M to the rest of its opening weekend, they repped about 35% which would point to around $300M for Endgame’s bow. But, this is a tricky comp since it can’t be assumed that the advance ticket buyers on Endgame didn’t also see Infinity War during the first weekend, just without pre-buying.
Disney will have the full exhibition might of 3,900 3D venues, 250 D-Boxes, Dolby, 410 Imax and 785 PLFs, which is de-rigueur for a Marvel movie. Broken out that's $680M abroad (This which would rep a new international box office record, dusting 2017’s The Fate Of The Furious which bowed everywhere save Japan in mid-April that year, to $433.2M, unadjusted) and $260M-$270M in U.S. Disney reports that Endgame will play on an industry record of 4,600 theaters coast to coast in U.S./Canada with screenings kicking off on Thursday at 6PM. Canada, also an all-time record. Currently, Nancy and I are hearing that $940M-$950M global is more in line with  cooler heads' global prognostication.

Offset Threatens Chicago Rapper King Yella Over Cardi B

Nevertheless, King Yella decided to take a direct shot at Offset which means he wants smoke. The Migos rapper is angry because Yella has been releasing old photos of himself and Cardi B while claiming that he used to bang her. He then posted a video of himself on FaceTime with Offset where you can hear the Migos rapper in the background threatening to give him a beat down. #bodakyellow
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Thousands of fans poured out in Philadelphia on Monday for a Free Meek Mill rally. Sadly there are Black folks going through the same radicalized injustice(s) within the justice system that Meek Mill has experienced for over a decade EVERY SINGLE DAY. NFL star and the leader of the new wave of anti social injustice, Colin Kaepernick, has also weighed in with a message on Twitter. There is no word yet on if any celebrities attended the rally, but some members of Meek Mill’s Dreamchaser crew were there to support the rapper. But his sentencing last week sparked a national debate about the criminal justice system and now his fans are demanding a review of the controversial sentence. The rally started at 5 p.m. There are a lot of allegations around the judge in Meek Mill case, some sources say she was carrying a grudge against the Philly rapper and even comes from the same section of Philadelphia where Meek’s from. The latest allegation is that she tried to get the rapper to leave his management company Roc Nation and signed with a local Philly manager. “This requires more than just gradual reform in laws—It requires a swift overhaul.”
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#meekmill rally lit ?? This requires more than just gradual reform in laws—It requires a swift overhaul. Both hip hop fans and the rapper’s celebrity peers have been weighing in on the case and most are in agreement that the sentence was heavy-handed and unjust. #freemeekmill #FREEMEEK
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