‘Avengers: Endgame’ Flies to Top of Fandango Now Charts

Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame was the top film purchased and/or rented on FandangoNow’s charts for the week ended Aug. 4.

FandangoNow is movie site Fandango’s transactional video-on-demand site.

Released by Disney, the 22nd film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe concludes the first “Avengers” saga that spanned 11 years, beginning with 2008’s Iron Man. The film, in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, has earned $857.7 million at the domestic box office. Its $2.79 billion worldwide box office tally is the highest-ever.

Lionsgate’s political romantic comedy Long Shot, starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen, landed at No. 2. It earned $30.3 million domestically in theaters.

Warner’s Pokémon Detective Pikachu, featuring Ryan Reynolds and Justice Smith, took the No. 3 spot. It earned $144 million at the domestic box office.

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The top films rented and/or purchased on FandangoNow the week ended Aug. 4 are:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (Disney)
  2. Long Shot (Lionsgate)
  3. Pokémon Detective Pikachu (Warner)
  4. Shazam! (Warner)
  5. Alita: Battle Angel (Fox)
  6. The Intruder (Sony)
  7. Avengers 1-4 Collection (Disney)
  8. UglyDolls (Universal)
  9. Hellboy (Lionsgate)
  10. Captain Marvel (Disney)

Disney 4K Movies Now Streaming on Google Play

Google Play has begun offering for the first time select Disney movies in 4K resolution. Titles include the first three Marvel Avengers movies (The AvengersAge of Ultron, and Infinity War), Captain MarvelBlack PantherCocoThe Lion King (1992)Solo: A Star Wars Story, and A Wrinkle in TimePrices range from $19.99 to $24.99

 And starting July 30, Google Play (along with other digital outlets) will offer 4K and HD versions of Marvel Avengers: Endgame.

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Android users can access 4K Disney titles on Chromecast Ultra, 4K Android TVs, as well as most Samsung and LG Smart TVs, among other devices.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Leads Saturn Award Nominations

Nominations for the 45th annual Saturn Awards, honoring sci-fi, fantasy, horror and genre entertainment, were announced July 15 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films.

Winners will be announced Friday, Sept. 13.

Disney’s Avengers: Endgame led all nominations with 14, including Best Comic-to-Motion-Picture Release. HBO’s “Game of Thrones” led the television and streaming deivision with nine nominations, including Best Fantasy Television Series.

In categories specific to home entertainment, Best DVD/BD Release nominees include Fahrenheit 451 (HBO), Jonathan (Well Go USA), Kin (Lionsgate), King Cohen (La La Land), Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (Warner) and Time Freak (Lionsgate).

Best DVD/BD Classic Film Release nominees are 2001: A Space Odyssey 4K (Warner), Deep Rising (Kino Lorber), Jack the Giant Killer (Kino Lorber), Maximum Overdrive (Lionsgate), The Reincarnation of Peter Proud (Kino Lorber) and The Spiral Staircase (Kino Lorber).

Best DVD/BD Special Edition Release nominees are 12 Monkeys: Collector’s Edition (MVD/Arrow), The Changeling: Limited Edition (Severin), Crimson Peak: Limited Edition (MVD/Arrow), A Fistful of Dollars: Special Edition (Kino Lorber), Horror Express: Special Edition (MVD/Arrow) and Waterworld: Limited Edition (MVD/Arrow).

Best DVD/BD Collection Release nominees are The Bloodthirsty Trilogy (MVD/Arrow), The Complete Sartana (MVD/Arrow), Jack Ryan: 5 Film Collection 4K (Paramount), The Matrix Trilogy 4K (Warner), The Pink Panther Cartoon Collection (Kino Lorber) and the Universal Classic Monsters 30 Film Collection (Universal).

Best DVD/BD Television Movie or Series Release nominees include The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre, The Martian Chronicles (Complete Mini-Series), The Night Stalker, The Night Strangler, The Outer Limits (Season 1 and 2) and Trilogy of Terror, all from Kino Lorber.

For more information and a complete list of nominees, visit SaturnAwards.com.

Marvel Staging ‘We Love You 3000’ Tour to Promote ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Home Release

 To celebrate the home video release of Avengers: Endgame, Marvel Studios and directors Anthony and Joe Russo will launch the nine-city “We Love You 3000” Tour as a way to thank the fans who have followed the Marvel Cinematic Universe since it began 11 years ago.

Avengers: Endgame, the 22nd film in the MCU, arrives at digital retailers July 30 and on Blu-ray, DVD and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Aug. 13.

Tour stops will feature meet-and-greets with fans, plus a variety of giveaways. A total of 3,000 MCU Funko Pop Vinyl Figures will be distributed to fans throughout the tour. Other giveaways will include exclusive Avengers: Endgame prints, vouchers for free McDonald’s Happy Meals, and MCU-inspired sundaes and recipe cards from Ben & Jerry’s.

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The tour will kick off from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at San Diego Comic-Con International. The Russo brothers, writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and other special MCU guests will gather at the IMDboat behind the convention center in the 5th Avenue Landing Marina, slip 5B. Costumed guests will be welcomed aboard to participate in a special cosplay photo, and fans will be gifted with free ice cream while supplies last.

It continues July 30 at Funko Headquarters in Everett, Wash., with a fan experience from 1 to 4 p.m.

Oracle Park in San Francisco will host a Marvel Night during the Aug. 8 baseball game between the Giants and Philadelphia Phillies.

Best Buy will serve as the location for five “We Love You 3000” Tour stops, hosting in-store fan events to mark the Blu-ray release. Events will feature signings with Marvel Studios filmmakers; a special digital photo booth; and specialty promotional giveaways. Best Buy will also be selling an exclusive Avengers: Endgame Steelbook-edition Blu-ray. Aug. 13 will feature the Russo Bros. at a store in Chicago, with Best Buys in Miami and Torrance, Calif., holding events the same day. The Russos will be at a Minneapolis store on Aug. 14 and in Cleveland Aug. 20.

The tour concludes at the Aug. 23-25 D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif.

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Sets FandangoNow Preorder Record

Comcast’s FandangoNow June 26 disclosed that preorders for the Disney/Marvel Studios superhero movie Avengers: Endgame set a record for the transactional VOD service.

“With the new bonus features, Endgame will be one of the top home entertainment titles when it debuts [on July 30],” Erik Davis, managing editor at Fandango, said in a statement.

According to a Fandango survey of more than 1,000 people planning to watch Endgame at home, 97% own other Marvel movies; 89% plan to show the movie to friends, family, or significant others at home; 88% believe the title ranks as a classic, and 86% previously viewed Endgame at least once in theaters.

On June 28, Endgame will expand its run on the big screen as part of an Avengers: Endgame “Bring Back” event at select theaters.

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Consumers who buy a movie ticket receive an exclusive piece of Avengers art and will be treated to a video introduction by director Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene from the film and a special sneak peek from the upcoming Sony Pictures/Marvel Studios feature Spider-Man: Far From Home.

Tickets to the “Bring Back” event are available now on Fandango.

AMC Theatres Q1 Loss Skyrockets, Revenue Falls

Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame can’t come fast enough for AMC Theatres.

The world’s largest theatrical exhibitor, May 9 reported a first-quarter (ended March 31) net loss of $130.2 million compared to profit of $17.7 million in the previous-year period. Revenue dropped 13.2% to $1.2 billion from $1.38 billion last year.

Total attendance fell 12.2% to 79.8 million from nearly 91 million. In the U.S., attendance dropped 11.1% to 54.9 million from 61.8 million. Foreign attendance dropped 14.5% to 24.8 million from 29 million.

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In the quarter, AMC owned, operated, or had interests in 636 theatres in the U.S. and 365 theatres internationally.

The chain attributed the metrics declines due to a weak box office and comparisons with the previous-year quarter’s release of Black Panther, which was the second-highest grossing Q1 movie in history.

While AMC has usurped the ticket subscription market from MoviePass through its branded Stubs A-List program, its 4.8% decline in total average ticket price (2.4% decline on a constant currency basis) reflected implementation of the program and other promotional pricing initiatives, as well as declines in Imax and 3D volumes primarily due to the mix of films during the period.

Stubs A-List ended the quarter with more than 785,000 subscribers.

AMC implemented a 10% membership price increase in 10 states and a 20% price increase in five states. Based on the average frequency of subscribers, their associated full-price bring-along guest attendance, their food and beverage spend and the price increases in the first quarter, AMC contends the A- List program resulted in incremental profitability in the first quarter compared to estimated results if the program had not existed.

“This is largely attributable to the power of the AMC platform: stemming from experiential initiatives and enhancements at our theatres; a frictionless use of technology to communicate, engage and sell to our guests,” CEO Adam Aron said in a statement.


Merchandising: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Preorders Are Up

The afterglow of the theatrical debut of Avengers: Endgame continued to loom large at retail April 30, as retailers continued to tout sales of catalog titles rather than push new titles with exclusive tie-ins.

Unsurprisingly, many of the sales involved previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, not to mention countless merchandise tie-ins such as toys, games and shirts.

Target’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ exclusive

Best Buy and Target are also taking preorders for their exclusive editions of the upcoming 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc of not just Avengers: Endgame, but also the still-in-theaters Captain Marvel, even as street dates for both have yet to be announced.

Target’s ‘Captain Marvel’ Blu-ray with booklet

Target is taking preorders for both priced at $34.99 and its exclusive is a behind-the-scenes booklet. Avengers: Endgame comes with an Avengers Initiative: A Look Back book, and Captain Marvel comes with a 40-page filmmaker book.

Best Buy is offering Steelbooks priced at $34.99 for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray of each title.

Best Buy’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Steelbook

Best Buy is also touting preorders for Steelbooks for Warner’s May 7 release of The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part Blu-ray/DVD combo at $29.99, and Universal’s May 21 release of How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray at $37.99.

Other catalog sales offered at Best Buy include Blu-rays starting at $14.99, including a “May the 4th Be With You” promotion for recent “Star Wars” movies in a variety of formats.

Another Best Buy ad encouraged fans to “Have a Superhero Party” with a variety of MCU movies, including 4K UHD Blu-rays for $24.99 each, and the recently released Steelbooks for Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War for $34.99 each.

In the digital realm, Best Buy offered $25 Showtime gift cards for $22.50 for fans to stream Showtime series.

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Target held a $15 movie sale, including Marvel Blu-rays.

Other discounts at Target included DVDs of the final season of “The Last Ship” for $19.99 (a $3 savings), season one of “Krypton” for $14.99 (a $5 savings), and season 11 of “The Big Bang Theory” for $20 (a $9.99 savings).

‘Avengers: Endgame’ Propels Marvel Movies Up Digital Retail Charts

The $1.2 billion global theatrical opening for Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame has unsurprisingly proved to be a boon for previous entries in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

On the Apple iTunes store movie sales chart on April 29, all 22 MCU movies were among the top 60 selling titles, with No. 1 being preorders for Endgame.

Including Endgame, Marvel movies comprised six of the top 10, with 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War at No. 3, 2012’s The Avengers at No. 4, 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger at No. 6, 2008’s Iron Man at No. 7, and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron at No. 8.

The MCU movies, which collectively have grossed nearly $20 billion worldwide, typically creep back up the charts when a new installment hits theaters, particularly when it’s a sequel to one of the specific character movies (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy, etc.). Endgame, however, was positioned as a sequel to virtually every MCU movie that came before it, and the uptick in sales of previous movies was reflected in the anticipation to the latest chapter, which closes out several prominent storylines from the first 11 years of the MCU, which began in 2008 with the first Iron Man.

The effect is even apparent at the box office, where Captain Marvel, which was released in theaters in March, rose to No. 2 at the domestic box office behind Endgame

On iTunes, the weekend after Endgame hit theaters also saw 2016’s Captain America: Civil War at No. 14, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier at No. 16, 2011’s Thor at No. 22, 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy at No. 23, 2016’s Doctor Strange at No. 27, 2010’s Iron Man 2 at No. 30, 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming at No. 31, 2013’s Iron Man 3 at No. 33, preorders for Captain Marvel at No. 35, 2015’s Ant-Man at No. 38, 2008’s The Incredible Hulk at No. 39, 2013’s Thor: The Dark World at No. 40, 2018’s Ant-Man at the Wasp at No. 47, 2017’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 at No. 50, 2017’s Thor: Ragnarok at No. 51, and 2018’s Black Panther at No. 59.

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The websites of other digital retailers showed a similar effect.

The Microsoft Movies & TV store also had preorders for Endgame as its No. 1 seller on April 29. Infinity War was No. 7, the original Avengers was No. 9, Iron Man was No. 10, Age of Ultron was No. 11, Civil War was No. 12, Captain America: The First Avengers was No. 13, Winter Soldier was No. 14 and a “Captain America” trilogy collection was No. 18.

The Microsoft Top 50 also included 13 other MCU movies, plus preorders for an “Avengers” four-movie collection at No. 41.

Walmart’s Vudu had Infinity War listed first on its “Most Watched” page on April 29, while Age of Ultron and the original Avengers were listed as ninth and tenth, respectively.

On the Amazon.com Amazon Video on demand (rental) list for April 29, MCU movies comprised five of the top 10 and 10 of the top 25, led by Spider-Man: Homecoming at No. 1, Guardians of the Galaxy at No. 2 and Ant-Man at No. 3. The further titles include Captain America: The First Avenger at No. 5, Iron Man 3 at No. 6, Avengers: Age of Ultron at No. 12, Thor at No. 16, Civil War at No. 17, Winter Soldier at No. 24 and Infinity War at No. 25. (Note that Amazon’s website lists high-definition and standar-defintion sales for the same title separately).

AMC Theatres, Imax Set Weekend Attendance, Box Office Records With Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Who said the theatrical window is dead?

AMC Theatres, the world’s largest exhibitor chain, and Imax April 29 announced record-setting attendance and box office revenue for Marvel Studios’ superhero epic Avengers: Endgame, which wraps up storylines for several of the franchise’s characters.

 The Disney release rewrote global weekend box office records, generating $350 million in North America ticket sales and $1.2 billion worldwide.

Endgame reportedly accounted for more than 80% of all domestic movie tickets sold over the April 28 weekend.

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AMC said the movie fueled an all-time single-day attendance record on Saturday (April 27) with more than 2.6 million tickets sold. The tally surpassed the previous single-day U.S. attendance record for AMC set during the opening weekend of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther 14 months earlier in 2018.

AMC said it set a new single-day domestic food and beverage revenue record April 26 of more than $13 million. That record lasted less than 24 hours before it was shattered April 27 with more than $15 million sold.

Indeed, a record-number 19 AMC locations were open around-the-clock from Thursday morning through Sunday night. The 63,000 Avengers: Endgame showtimes over the weekend topped by 16,000 the previous record for a single movie on opening weekend.

The chain put a weekend-record nearly 11 million tickets on sale from Thursday through Sunday for the movie. Demand was so strong that AMC added more than 5,000 showtimes.

Meanwhile, Imax Corp. announced Avengers: Endgame set a new all-time worldwide opening weekend record grossing approximately $91.5 million, surpassing previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens by 92%.

Endgame was the second Hollywood film to ever be shot entirely with Imax cameras.

In China, Imax set an opening five-day record with $42.4 million, surpassing its previous record by 65% and outperforming the entire Imax China run of Avengers: Infinity War.

In addition, Imax set 50 opening weekend territory records, including France, Germany, Italy, Japan, India, Taiwan, Mexico, Brazil and Argentina. The film is scheduled to open in additional territories, including Russia on April 29.

In North America, Endgame grossed $26.5 million in Imax, surpassing the opening of Avengers: Infinity War by 14% and marking Imax’s second-highest-grossing domestic opening weekend ever. The high-definition format reported hundreds of sellout screenings across its domestic network with the chain representing 21 of the film’s top 25 North America engagements.

“Like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our decade-long relationship with Marvel has only strengthened over time with each film creating a deeper connection between these beloved characters and Imax audiences worldwide,” Imax CEO Richard Gelfond said in a statement.

Merchandising: Getting Ready for ‘Endgame’

With just a few modest new releases hitting the market April 23, retailers focused more on clearing inventory than pushing exclusives.

Best Buy ‘Avengers’ catalog ad.

Best Buy used its weekly ad circular to promote Marvel movies on Blu-ray for fans to watch to prepare for the April 26 theatrical release of Avengers: Endgame. To that end, Best Buy had exclusive Steelbook editions of the newly released 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray editions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, at $34.99 each.

Best Buy ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook
Best Buy ‘Captain America: Civil War’ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Steelbook

Best Buy is also taking preorders for a Steelbook 4K UHD Blu-ray of Jordan Peele’s Us.

Target didn’t bother to include a movie section in its weekly circular, though it was selling Stephen King movies on DVD for $4.50.

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