‘Avatar 2’ Passes ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ to Become No. 5 All-Time Box Office Movie

Disney-owned 20th Century Studios’ big-budget sequel Avatar: The Way of Water has passed Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War to become the fifth-highest grossing movie of all time with $2.054 in ticket sales through Jan. 26.

The follow-up to director James Cameron’s 2009 Avatar — the all-time top-grossing movie with more than $2.92 billion in revenue — surpassed 2018’s Infinity War with $2.052 billion. The Way of Water now sits $14 million behind No. 4, Disney/Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $2.068 billion.

Cameron has now directed three of the top-five-grossing movies of all time, when including 1997’s Titanic, No. 3 with $2.19 billion in ticket sales. The No. 2 all-time grossing movie remains Marvel’s 2019 Avengers: Endgame at $2.799 billion.

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TNT to Air Network Premiere of Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

WarnerMedia’s TNT will air the network television premiere of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War on June 27. There will be an encore presentation on June 28 as a part of TNT’s “Big Ticket Movies” content promotion.

To further “eventize” the broadcasts, TNT is promoting a sweepstakes where 20 winners will receive a copy of the Avengers: Infinity War soundtrack on vinyl and a Crosley record player to be provided by Disney Music Emporium and Crosley Brands.

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In Infinity War, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk and the rest of the Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet — the evil Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts to inflict his twisted will on reality. The fate of the planet and existence itself has never been more uncertain as everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment.

The 2018 release generated more than $2 billion at the global box office, including $679 million domestically.

Disney/Marvel’s ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Highest-Grossing First-Week Digital Sales in the U.K.

As expected, Disney/Marvel Studios’s release of superhero movie Avengers: Endgame is setting retail and rental records worldwide.

The title ended its first week (eight days) of release in the United Kingdom as the highest-grossing digital title ever with 335,400 downloads, according to The Official Charts.

The tally topped the previous record-setter, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Oscar-winning Bohemian Rhapsody with 265,000 downloads.

Previous Avengers movie Avengers: Infinity War holds the third spot as the best-selling U.K. digital release with first-week unit sales of 253,000 in 2012.

‘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.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Tops 2018 Disc Sales; ‘Venom’ Leads in December

Walt Disney Studios finished 2018 with six titles on the top 10 list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc unit sales for the full year according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The top seller was Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, which became the year’s top seller in November, displacing Disney’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which finished the year at No. 2. Another Disney release, Marvel’s Black Panther, was No. 3 for the year.

The top 10 list for the full year was unchanged from what had been tracked at the end of the previous month, with the exception of Disney’s Incredibles 2, an early November home video release, taking over the No. 9 spot, and Warner’s Justice League dropping off the list.

Other Disney titles in the top 10 were Coco at No. 6 and Thor: Ragnarok at No. 7.

For December, Sony Pictures’ Venom was the month’s top seller. The comic book movie was released on disc in the middle of the month and jumped to the No. 1 spot on the weekly sales list, where it remained for four straight weeks.

The month’s No. 2 title was Paramount’s Mission: Impossible — Fallout, followed at No. 3 by Sony Pictures’ The Equalizer 2.

Incredibles 2 carried over its popularity into December, landing at No. 4.

Three more December disc releases cracked the month’s top 10, with Warner’s Smallfoot debuting at No. 6, Universal’s The House With a Clock in Its Walls at No. 6 and Fox’s The Predator at No. 7.

Two Christmas catalog titles, Warner’s Elf and Christmas Vacation, were the No. 8 and No. 9 sellers in the month, respectively.

According to NPD, the December 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Venom (Sony Pictures)
  2. Mission: Impossible — Fallout (Paramount)
  3. The Equalizer 2 (Sony Pictures)
  4. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  5. Smallfoot (Warner)
  6. The House With a Clock in Its Walls (Universal)
  7. The Predator (Fox)
  8. Elf (Warner)
  9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (Warner)
  10. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)


2018 Top 10:


  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  3. Black Panther (Disney)
  4. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. Coco (Disney)
  7. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  8. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  9. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)


‘Incredibles 2’ Tops November Sales; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Takes Over as Year’s No. 1 Title

2018 On Track to Be Record Year at the Box Office

It’s beginning to look like a record year at the box office.

Consumers as of Dec. 26 have spent an estimated $11.38 billion on movie tickets sales in the United States and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo, the box office revenue tracking site.

That’s on par with total spending in the record year of 2016 — and with six days still remaining in 2018, a new record almost certainly will be set.

Movie ticket sales were fueled by blockbusters such as Walt Disney Studios’ The Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity Wars, which with domestic grosses of $700.1 million and $678.8 million, respectively, are the No. 3 and No. 4 movies of all time, according to Box Office Mojo statistics.

Indeed, three of the year’s top 10 movies are also in the all-time top 10, the third being yet another Disney film, Incredibles 2.  With a domestic gross of $608.6 million, the animated sequel is the No. 3 movie of 2018 – and the No. 9 movie of all time.

Disney had five of the year’s top 10 theatrical performers, the others being Ant-Man and the Wasp (No. 8) and Solo: A Star Wars Story (No. 9).

But other studios also shared in the spoils, including Universal Pictures, which had the year’s No. 4 and No. 6 movies, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch; as well as the 20th Century Fox, with fifth-ranked Deadpool 2; Paramount, with Mission: Impossible – Fallout, ranked at No. 7; and Sony Pictures, whose Venom came in at No. 10.

All but two of 2018’s top 10 theatrical releases are already available for home viewing, on digital as well as DVD and Blu-ray Disc. The most recent release is Sony Pictures’ Venom, which was released to the home market through digital retailers on Dec. 11 and on DVD, Blu-ray Disc and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on Dec. 18

The lone holdout is Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, from Universal Pictures, which also is the newest theatrical release, bowing on the big screen on Nov. 9.

The film, with a holiday theme, will most likely be released to the home market in the fourth quarter of 2019, observers say.

Also contributing to the strong year for movie theaters were theatrical over-performers such as Paramount’s A Quiet Place (No. 12, $188 million) and Warner Bros.’ A Star is Born (No. 11, $200 million) and Crazy Rich Asians (No. 14, $174 million), observers say.


Top Theatrical Films of 2018, Ranked by Domestic Gross (as of Dec. 26)*

  1. Black Panther, Disney, $700,059,566
  2. Avengers: Infinity War, Disney, $678,815,482
  3. Incredibles 2, Disney, $608,581,744
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Universal, $416,769,345
  5. Deadpool 2, Fox, $318,491,426
  6. Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, Universal, $253,588,345
  7. Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Paramount, $220,159,104
  8. Ant-Man and the Wasp, Disney, $216,648,740
  9. Solo: A Star Wars Story, Disney, $213,767,512
  10. Venom, Sony, $213,030,843


*Box Office Mojo, as of Dec. 26

‘Incredibles 2’ Tops November Sales; ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Takes Over as Year’s No. 1 Title

Walt Disney Studios’ Incredibles 2 topped the list of combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc units sold in November 2018 according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The latest hit from the Pixar Animation Studio topped the weekly sales chart three of the first four weeks after its Nov. 6 disc debut. Incredibles 2 earned $608.6 million at the domestic box office and marked the sixth time in 2018 that a Disney-owned film topped the monthly chart.

The month’s No. 2 title was 20th Century Fox’s Deadpool 2, an August home video release that jumped back up due to strong sales during the post-Thanksgiving holiday shopping period, when it briefly replaced Incredibles 2 as a top weekly seller.

Sony Pictures’ Hotel Transylvania 3 slipped a spot to No. 3 for the month, with Universal Pictures’ Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom at No. 4 and Fox’s The Greatest Showman at No. 5.

Newcomer The Meg, the giant-shark movie from Warner Bros. debuted at No. 7.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at No. 8 gave Sony two films in the top 10, while Fox finished the month with three, as family favorite Home Alone slipped into the No. 10 spot.

Disney also ended up with three movies in the top 10, as its Christopher Robin bowed at No. 6, and the stalwart Marvel blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War came in at No. 9.

The sustained popularity of the third “Avengers” movie has not only built up huge anticipation for next year’s follow-up, as evidenced by the online fervor over the recent Avengers: Endgame trailer, but it also helped shuffle the list of top 10 sellers for 2018 as a whole.

The titles in the top 10 remained the same as the previous month, but Avengers: Infinity War took over the top spot after three months on shelves, displacing Star Wars: The Last Jedi from the perch it had been clinging to most of the year.

The Last Jedi, also from Disney, was released on disc at the end of March and took over the year’s top spot by the end of April. Its strong early sales helped it hold the top spot for seven months, holding off a surge Black Panther, another Marvel effort that is now the year’s No. 3 selling disc (though it also could end up passing Last Jedi by the end of the Christmas season).

In addition, Greatest Showman moved up to the No. 4 position for the year, breaking the lock that Disney had on the year’s top five. Likewise, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle took over the No. 5 spot.

Disney’s Coco slipped one spot to No. 6, while Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok dropped three slots to No. 7, having been overtaken by its Pixar cousin.

Deadpool 2 moved up to No. 8, moving past Warner’s Justice League, which now sits at No. 9 for the year.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom remained No. 10 for the year.

According to NPD, the November 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Incredibles 2 (Disney)
  2. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  3. Hotel Transylvania 3 (Sony Pictures)
  4. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)
  5. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  6. The Meg (Warner)
  7. Christopher Robin (Disney)
  8. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  9. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  10. Home Alone (Fox)


Year-to-date Top 10 (through November 2018):


  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  2. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  3. Black Panther (Disney)
  4. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  5. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  6. Coco (Disney)
  7. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  8. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  9. Justice League (Warner)
  10. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Universal)


‘Ant-Man and The Wasp’ Grows Into Top October Seller

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Was Top Disc Seller in August, Outpacing ‘Deadpool 2’

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, was the top seller in August 2018 of combined Blu-ray Disc and DVD units sold according to the NPD Group’s VideoScan tracking service.

The superhero team-up epic, which is just the fourth film to ever earn more than $2 billion at the worldwide box office, landed ahead of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment’s Deadpool 2 for the month.

Deadpool 2 topped the weekly sales charts for three weeks following its Aug. 21 disc debut, but half of that run carried over into September. Infinity War was released a week earlier on Aug. 14, debuting at No. 1 on the weekly charts before settling in as a close No. 2 during Deadpool 2’s run, giving it the edge in August sales.

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s Ready Player One was No. 3 for the August, down from No. 2 in July.

Another Warner title, Life of the Party, debuted at No. 4, having been released in the first week of the August.

Paramount’s Book Club, released Aug. 28, was the No. 5 disc seller for the month.

Warner’s direct-to-video animated superhero actioner The Death of Superman was the month’s No. 6 seller. It debuted at No. 1 on the weekly charts the week following its Aug. 7 release.

The top seller for July, Warner’s Rampage, slipped to No. 7, while Universal Pictures’ Breaking In debuted at No. 8.

Stalwarts Black Panther, from Disney, and The Greatest Showman, from Fox, rounded out the top 10.

The arrival of Infinity War helped Disney take over the top five spots on the year-to-date top 10 chart. The top four remained unchanged from the previous month, with Star Wars: The Last Jedi remaining No. 1 on the list of the year’s top sellers, followed by Black Panther, Coco and Thor: Ragnarok, with Inifinity War moving into the No. 5 spot.

Deadpool 2 entered the chart as the year’s No. 10 seller so far.

According to NPD, the August 2018 top 10 by units sold were:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  2. Deadpool 2 (Fox)
  3. Ready Player One (Warner)
  4. Life of the Party (Warner)
  5. Book Club (Paramount)
  6. The Death of Superman (Warner)
  7. Rampage (Warner)
  8. Breaking In (Universal)
  9. Black Panther (Disney)
  10. The Greatest Showman (Fox)

Year-to-date Top 10 (through August 2018):

  1. Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Disney)
  2. Black Panther (Disney)
  3. Coco (Disney)
  4. Thor: Ragnarok (Disney)
  5. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney)
  6. Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (Sony Pictures)
  7. The Greatest Showman (Fox)
  8. Justice League (Warner)
  9. It (2017) (Warner)
  10. Deadpool 2 (Fox)


‘Rampage’ Leads Disc Sales for July

‘Deadpool 2,’ ‘Tag’ Top Redbox Charts

Twentieth Century Fox’s Deadpool 2 debuted at No. 1 on Redbox’s kiosk chart, which tracks DVD and Blu-ray Disc rentals, for the week ended Sept. 3.

Meanwhile, on the Redbox On Demand chart, which tracks digital purchases (EST) and rentals (TVOD), the No. 1 spot went to Warner’s Tag. Deadpool 2, the No. 1 digital title the prior week, slipped to No. 2.

(Deadpool 2 was released digitally two weeks before it came out on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.)

On Redbox’s kiosk chart, the No. 2 spot went to Tag, also newly available on disc.

Deadpool 2 is a superhero spoof and the 11th installment in the X-Men film series. Ryan Reynolds stars as the title character, a disfigured and deeply disturbed mercenary and assassin with superhuman healing ability and strength. Deadpool 2 came to the home sector with $318.5 million in domestic theatrical earnings.

Tag is a comedy based on a true story about a group of grown men who spend one month a year playing the game of tag. The film grossed $53.6 million at the box office.

Paramount’s Book Club, with a domestic gross of $68.6 million, debuted at No. 3 on both the disc rental and the digital chart. The romantic comedy stars Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, Diane Keaton and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who read Fifty Shades of Grey for their monthly book club, with a pronounced change in how they view their personal relationships.

On the kiosk chart, Walt Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War slipped to No. 4 from No. 1 the previous week. Disney is the only studio that does not sell product directly to Redbox, forcing the company to send crews into stores to buy copies at retail.

On the Redbox On Demand chart, Universal Pictures’ Upgrade came in at No. 4. The horror film, about a man – paralyzed in a mugging – who is implanted with a chip that lets him control his body, was released digitally on Aug. 14, the same day as Book Club.

Upgrade was released on disc on Aug. 28 and is the fourth new release to debut among the top 10 on the Redbox kiosk chart, bowing at No. 7.

Rounding out the top five on both charts is the Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party, from Warner Bros., down from No. 2 the prior week.


Top DVD and Blu-ray Disc Rentals, Redbox Kiosks, Week Ending September 3

  1. Deadpool 2 (new)
  2. Tag (new)
  3. Book Club (new)
  4. Avengers: Infinity War
  5. Life of the Party
  6. Breaking In
  7. Upgrade
  8. Overboard (2018)
  9. Rampage
  10. Show Dogs


Top Digital, Redbox On Demand, Week Ending September 3

  1. Tag (new)
  2. Deadpool 2
  3. Book Club
  4. Upgrade
  5. Life of the Party
  6. Overboard (2018)
  7. Rampage
  8. Breaking In
  9. A Quiet Place
  10. I Feel Pretty


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