Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: May 06, 2012, 1:17 pm
utilidor, you once commented on the mega-losses "John Carter" and "Mars Needs Moms" had for Disney and that what they had in common was the planet Mars and sci-fi. Well, as they said in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" in "this is whatcha call 'ironic'" look at the subsidiary studio that made the movie at hand that Disney acquired by corporate acquisition.... and it's name is part of the movie's title.... "MARvel's The Avengers"! Mars.... MARvel.... get it? Heh...! So really if Disney had just taken the "s" off "Mars" they would've had two hits on their hands with the other two movies.
But moving on to "Marvel's The Avengers"...... WOW !
Wow, what polar opposites for Disney!
Mega-loss of $200 million for "John Carter" back in March. Mega-win with Disney-Marvel's "Marvel's The Avengers" now. How much of a mega-win? Not only is it grinding "The Hunger Games" the current #1 for 2012 in US Box office into the dirt with it's heel, it's grinding last summer's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II" into the dirt with it's heel. That's because "Marvel's The Avengers" made over $200 million in a single weekend, it's opening weekend, whereas "Harry Potter 2011" "only" earned $169+ million it's opening weekend, "The Avengers" shattering the highest grossing opening weekend record of all time "Harry Potter 2011" used to hold 'til now. And worldwide "Marvel's The Avengers" has earned a whopping $640 million and climbing…. meaning it's gonna head towards $1 billion in worldwide gross very fast and challenge prior movies that have made so much moolah in so short a time. Wow! Worldwide it only opened April 26 and this is May 6, just ten days!
Read Nikki Finke, as I always lately recommend….. Wow, Disney-Marvel! I wonder if Andrew Stanton, who made "John Carter" is feeling particularly awful right now? If so, someone give him a hug, he tried his best… but…. Hollywood is just competitive and he should realize that. Anyway, Nikki Finke is blown away, you can tell that by her writing….
‘THE AVENGERS’ NOW BIGGEST OPENER! Shocking $200M Record Domestic Weekend: Expecting $640+M Global From First 10 Days
By NIKKI FINKE | Sunday May 6, 2012 @ 8:52am PDT
SUNDAY AM… REFRESH FOR LATEST… It’s now official — Marvel’s The Avengers is a monster worldwide hit for Disney in 2D, Digital 3D, RealD, and IMAX 3D theaters. The studio says 52% saw it in 3D, 40% in traditional 3D, 8% in IMAX, and 4% on premium large format. Exit polls showed the actioner attracted a four-quadrant audience with 50% over age 25 and 50% under 25, while 60% were male and 40% female. Also 55% were couples, 24% families, and 21% teens. Hollywood couldn’t be happier because it kicks off the all-important Summer 2012 movie season with sensational numbers.
Avengers lived up to its billing as the ‘Superhero Team-Up Of A Lifetime’ by featuring all-in-one pic the iconic Marvel figures Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye, Black Widow, and Nick Fury. Disney says it’s looking
￼at a record $69.7M grosses for Saturday after making $80.5M Friday (including $18.7M midnights) from 4,349 U.S. and Canadian locations, including 3,364 plays in 3D. Studio confirms it’s on track to shatter the domestic weekend opening record with $200.3M. (Warner Bros’ 3D Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 finale used to hold that record with $169M.) I believe Disney is being overly conservative and the final figure will exceed that since Avengers should make over $50M on Sunday. (And I thought SNL Kagan’s report predicting that $200M domestic debut before the weekend was nuts. Not now…) Disney will report exact international numbers later Sunday but says the worldwide total is already $640M after playing almost everywhere around the globe for the past 10 days including Russia and now China. Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye) went to the Beijing Film Festival to help open the film Saturday. One more thing to keep in mind: Avengers accumulated a massive foreign number without opening yet in the major market of Japan. Globally, IMAX Avengers grossed $21.1+M this weekend and the global IMAX cume will be approx $31.2M as of Sunday night. IMAX Avengers brought in $6.1 mil internationally (which includes an amazing first day gross in China of $1.1M) on 174 digital-only locations. In North America IMAX had one big issue: it ran out of seats to sell. Avengers grossed $15+M domestically on 275 digital-only IMAX screens, which looks to be a virtual tie with the Harry Potter finale for the highest grossing opening weekend in IMAX’s history. It reports 17 of the top 20 engagements in North America playing the film were IMAX runs, and 110 domestic IMAX locations established a new opening Saturday record. The global pressure was on because Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film from The Walt Disney Studios which took over marketing and distribution duties from Paramount. Disney CEO/President Bob Iger bought the comics entertainment company for $4 billion in 2009. Paramount still gets marquee credit and a portion of the fees. (I’m told that when Disney bought the distribution of Avengers and Iron Man 3, Paramount was paid a minimum of $115M. It gets the higher of the $115M or the combination of its 8% fee on Avengers, plus 9% on next years Iron Man 3. “Looks like there will be overages!” a Paramount exec told me excitedly Sunday. Paramount also kept the pay rights as part of the deal so Avengers will debut on Epix.) Why did this superhero actioner do so well at the box office? As one of my commenters succinctly summarizes: “Note to Hollywood: This is what happens when you let comic fans do comic book movies. Joss Whedon knocked it out of the park. The right mix of humor without camp, special effects without overusage, and action with good script. Having actors who like and/or know the characters doesn’t hurt either. Props to the casting folks.” More details below.
No other major pic dared go up against this juggernaut. Holdovers only total $45M this weekend which is looking like $230M – or +38% over last year. Here’s the Top 10 (based on weekend estimates):
1. Marvel’s The Avengers (Disney) NEW [4,349 Theaters] PG13
Friday $80.5M, Saturday $69.7M, Weekend $200M, Global $640M
2. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 3 [2,010 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.6M, Saturday $3.3M, Weekend $8.0M, Cume $73.0M
3. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 7 [2,794 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.6M, Saturday $2.6M, Weekend $5.7M, Cume $380.7M
4. Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (Aardman/Sony) Week 2 [3,358 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2.4M, Weekend $5.4M (-51%), Cume $18.3M
5. The Lucky One (Warner Bros) Week 3 [3,005 Theaters] PG13
Friday $1.9M, Saturday $2.3M, Weekend $5.4M, Cume $47.8M
6. The Five-Year Engagement (Universal) Week 2 [2,941 Theaters] R
Friday $1.7M, Saturday $2.2M, Weekend $5.2M, Cume $19.3M
7. The Raven (Relativity) Week 2 [2,209 Theaters] R
Friday $844K (-62%), Saturday $1.1M, Weekend $2.6M, Cume $12.1M
8. Safe (Lionsgate) Week 2 [2,271 Theaters] R
Friday $825K (-66%), Saturday $1.0M, Weekend $2.5M, Cume $12.9M
9. Chimpanzee (Disneynature) Week 3 [1,531 Theaters] PG
Friday $707K, Saturday $975K, Weekend $2.3M, Cume $22.9M
10. The Three Stooges (Fox) Week 4 [2,174 Theaters] PG
Friday $480K, Saturday $850K, Weekend $1.8M, Cume $39.6M
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Charts at BoxOfficeMojo.com take a look!
Top Opening Weekends of All Time, "Marvel's The Avengers" now #1 for Disney.
Top US Box Office for the Year 2012, "Marvel's The Avengers" now #3 !
Top Grosses, US, of All Time Unadjusted for Ticket Price Inflation, "Marvel's The Avengers" is now #119 on the list (see second page of it at the link):
Top Foreign Box Office of All time Unadjusted for Ticket Price Inflation, #55 is "Marvel's The Avengers":
"Marvel's The Avengers" will obviously move it's way up on these lists as it continues playing in the US and worldwide. It's such a huge hit, it will displace other earlier movie hits. Just keep checking the lists!