Even if John Wick took them out of the box office’s No. 1 ranking, the Avengers still breached another earnings milestone this weekend.
Avengers: Endgame booked $29.4 million, which put the Marvel finale at $771 million in North America, taking a solid No. 2 on the domestic all-time charts. Endgame officially passed James Cameron’s other behemoth, Avatar but is still more than $150 million behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the No. 1 domestic earner ($937 million).
John Wick Chapter 3 — Parabellum broke the Avengers’ three-weekend grip on No. 1 with $57 million domestically and another $35 million overseas, good for $92 million so far. John Wick’s domestic take is better than the first two movies in the series ($14.4 million and $30.4 million, respectively).
Globally, Avengers: Endgame stands at $2.6 billion, about $170 million behind Avatar’s worldwide take. Avengers: Endgame seems almost foreordained for blockbuster supremacy, especially after a $1.2 billion-with-a-B opening weekend, worldwide, blew away even analysts’ highest expectations. It was the fastest movie to a billion in revenue, and claimed No. 1s for opening weekends, both foreign and domestic, domestic single-day gross, and best opening day and weekend in China, now the world’s second-largest movie market.
China’s day-and-date premiere of Avengers: Endgame alongside its U.S. launch was a first for the franchise (last year’s Infinity War trailed in China by two weeks), and helped drive the film’s earnings to their eye-popping levels early on. Avengers: Endgame is also the eighth Marvel Cinematic Universe movie (out of 22) to earn $1 billion worldwide, joining Captain Marvel as billion-earners whose meters are still running.
As for Avatar, on May 9 director James Cameron tweeted his congratulations to Marvel Studios for surpassing Titanic (which Cameron also directed) for worldwide No. 2. But Cameron will get three shots at the Avengers’ crown over the next eight years — and in any event, Disney will still be the big overall winner, as it owns both franchises. Disney on May 7 announced that Avatar’s sequel, third, fourth and fifth films are expected in 2021, 2023, 2025 and 2027.