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  1. It's not, no one cares about that number and no one is going to report on that number. The 2,788 number is the number that widely circulated by every website, and once it's surpassed, Disney will announce that the record has been taken. Whether you care about that number is up to you. For the official record, it's not going to matter even though Endgame will surpass it not long after, so it's an irrelevant number either way.
  2. That list has different numbers for a lot of films so it's either inaccurate, or it's irrelevant because Disney is not going to start adjusting figures for their films, years after the fact. Iron Man 3 BOM $1,214,811,252 CNBC $1,216,389,216 The Avengers BOM $1,518,812,988 CNBC $1,519,592,876 LOTR 3 BOM $1,119,929,521 CNBC $1,130,066,051 Transformers 3 BOM $1,123,794,079 CNBC $1,142,427,557 $2,787,965,087 is still the number to beat and the record will be announced once it beats that.
  3. Endgame sold far more tickets than Avatar Worldwide and it’s going to make more money as well, whether original run vs original run or after re-release. Anything else is just salt mining. It’s over. But don’t be sad.
  4. I think a lot of people have lost the context about the numbers this film has been making. This film is $298 million away from Avatar. It's something that's far more likely to happen than not. Avatar came out 10 years ago. It was the first film to break the 2 billion barrier, and not only did it cross it, it smashed it by $788 million. Since then only two films have crossed it, an impossibly hyped 30-years-in-the-making Star Wars sequel, and an Avengers film that started the conclusion of 20 films, with dozens of heroes and a villain that was hyped for 6 years. Both of those films came more than $700 million short of Avatar. No film has come even close to Avatar, Star Wars almost made a billion domestically and was nowhere near it. The conclusion to the Harry Potter saga made $1,4 billion less. The notion that Endgame is, in all likelihood, going to beat it, is a staggering achievement. When you're making such impossible-to-fathom numbers, big drops are inevitable, there are only so many people that a) would watch a superhero film b) would watch the conclusion of a 22 film saga. If this had a minuscule chance of missing the $2 billion mark, or beating Infinity War, like it has a minuscule chance of not beating Avatar, i could understand the sighs.,.or the ''disappointments'' about it's drops. Just think about...Marvel would have doubled it's audience in a span of 5 years between Age of Ultron and Endgame. Imagine saying in 2014 after Ultron ended up third Worldwide behind F&F and Jurassic World that the 4th Avengers film would beat Avatar worldwide. Not a single person would have believed it. Enjoy it, folks, box office runs like this don't come quite often.
  5. I think Ultron’s biggest issue was that it didn’t bring anything new to the table. The first Avengers brought the team-up extravaganza, Infinity War brought Thanos, a much hyped villain and Black Panther, Spider-Man, and Guardians of the Galaxy all together with the rest of the Avengers. Endgame followed a great cliffhanger, brought teaming up to a whole different level and it worked as a conclusion to 22 films. Ultron had an evil robot for a villain, and the same team as the first one. The 3 new members of the team made their debuts in the film, Vision, Scarlett and Quicksilver. The first time an Avengers film was fresh, it made 1,5 billion, the second time 2 billion, the third time 3 billion give or take. Ultron seemed like the 6th episode of a 12 episode season and that’s why it dropped down unlike 3 and 4. I like Ultron a lot more than the first Avengers, so it’s not my intention to belittle the film. It was simply stuck between following a formula instead the genuine excitement of the first team-up and it had to use a villain that was going to be dispatched quickly because Thanos was still lurking and casting a huge shadow over everyone else.
  6. We live in a lifetime where i, a huge GoT fan have come to vastly dislike the show peaking with yesterday's episode and came out a crying mess out of Endgame, a finale in a franchise where i've seen all the films and had absolutely no emotional connection to any of them. I'm not sure what's going on. For the longest time, The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2 were the only two comic book films i've loved, and i've long forsaken the idea of loving another one. All i can say is, thank you Marvel for making this film, it deserves everything it makes.
  7. Mid-week Update: Foreign: $565,789,761 Worldwide: $784,027,927 This is going to come really close to $800 million. A really great run!
  8. The Pro-Moustache movement that has reached a pinnacle with this film. The backlash reached historic levels in The Justice League, where the violent removal of Cavill's moustache was deemed unnatural, ignorant and disgusting.
  9. The problem with your thesis is that you've simply used statistics without any context. 1. They Shoot Pictures 21-st century list. The Dark Knight is currently 77-th Lord of the Rings 1 is currently 61-th Lord of the Rings 2 is currently 129-th Lord of the Rings 3 is currently 70-th What you've curiously omitted is that The Dark Knight has been climbing the list for 5 straight years, with it's ranking being 192-th in 2013 all the way to 77-th. On the other hand, both The Two Towers and The Return of the Ring have had their lowest ranking ever in this year's edition, falling down the list year after year, while Fellowship of the Ring is at it's second worst ranking. At one point Return of the King was ranked 15-th, while Fellowship of the Ring was ranked 18-th. The more new lists and polls are added, the further the films are falling down while the reverse is true for The Dark Knight. The films had tremendous reception and acclaim when they came out and they skyrocketed at the top of the list. BBC's 2016 ''21th Centurys 100 Greatest Films'' poll which polled 177 critics from around the world, placed The Dark Knight at 33. No LOTR films made the Top 100. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20160819-the-21st-centurys-100-greatest-films?ocid=twcul 2. Metacritic's rankings are completely meaningless in any long term evaluation of films. The rankings are prisoner of the moment. Dunkirk had the initial 94 at MC, and yet at the end of the year critics top 10 lists, it was Get Out that was the obvious critics favorite even though the initial reviews were only 83. We're talking about only 7-8 months of re-evaluation. Had Ratatouille been released in 2018, there's absolutely zero chance it would have 96 at Metacritic, but at particular time Pixar was dominating the critics attention. It's MC is only a reflection of the initial opinion of the critics, nothing more, nothing less. As far as historical acclaim, The Dark Knight is at 667-th on They Shoot Pictures All Time Greatest Films list while Spider-Man 2, Ratatouille, Shrek are not even in the Top 2000. Fellowship of the Ring is 656th The Two Towers is 1100th Return of the King is 889-th http://www.theyshootpictures.com/gf1000_all1000films.htm http://www.theyshootpictures.com/gf1000_films1001-2000.htm
  10. Another million added this week. $1,366,174,049 / $2,042,165,486 Adding a hypothetical one more million by the end of it's overseas run, $701 million domestic would have been enough for beating both Black Panther domestically and The Force Awakens Worldwide.
  11. It's really unfortunate that it's most likely going to miss both #3 Domestic and #3 Worldwide by not having about $20 million bigger domestic gross. Incredible run either way but it would have been really cool to reach #3 Domestic, #3 Overseas and #3 Worldwide.
  12. IW is $10 million away from beating TLJ's Worldwide gross with it's Overseas gross. It's also $10 million away (USA + Overseas) from TRIPLING Justice League's worldwide gross. By the end of it's run, it would rank #9 Worldwide, with it's Overseas gross only. A stunning, historic overseas run.
  13. ''TLJ went to interesting places...'' The biggest problem is that it really went nowhere. I'm not a fan of Star Wars, i have no nostalgic loyalty to Luke Skywalker, i'm first and foremost a film fan. I went there expecting a bold film and the film gave me the worst of both worlds, it thrashes the saga in it's supposed subversiveness and yet 30 minutes before the end, it jarringly course corrects and brings back the old status quo in a thoroughly unsatisfied manner. Kylo is a deranged psychopath who kills his father at the end of the first, Kylo is a deranged psychopath who ''kills'' his mentor had he not been a hologram, and would have killed his mother at the end of the second. Rey is a improbably skilled, smart, lucky do-gooder that learns everything on the fly and she does exactly the same in the second. The less said about Finn and Poe and their lack of development, the better. The only thing that changed between TFA and TLJ, is that Kylo is the Supreme Leader instead of Snoke. That's it. Everything else including the island scenes, the should-have-been-cut Casino scenes and the endless ship chase scenes, which is more or less 3/4 of the film, belong in a TV show where you have 12-20 episodes to fill it with some plot points that are fundamentally useless to the grand scheme of things. Had RJ had the conviction to stick the landing i would have applauded the effort and most likely really enjoyed his take. As it is, he managed to both piss of a huge portion of the fans and yet apart from killing Snoke, he did nothing to further the trilogy let alone the franchise, only confirming the boring evil Kylo vs precious Rey showdown that we already saw in TFA.
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