Movies That Could Break The Endgame Box Office Record

Movies That Could Break The Endgame Box Office Record


In Hollywood, it usually takes a little while
for a new box office record-breaker to emerge, but it does happen eventually. Right now, Avengers: Endgame holds the crown…but
for how long? Here’s a look at some of the upcoming movies
that might just be able to cut short Endgame’s all-time reign. It’s pretty much a certainty that Star Wars:
The Rise of Skywalker will be one of the year’s biggest releases. While Star Wars is one of the highest-grossing
franchises in American history, only A New Hope ever reached the top spot to become the
highest grossing movie worldwide. A lot has happened since 1977, with international
grosses playing a much bigger role in a film’s performance. And while Star Wars certainly is as ubiquitous
as ever, the two most recent films in the series didn’t quite hit Endgame levels at
either the domestic or international box office. The spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story underwhelmed
financially, while 2017’s The Last Jedi made $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion
worldwide, which is pretty damned impressive to be sure, but it’s still less than its predecessor
The Force Awakens, and far less than Endgame. Throughout the nine-film, three-trilogy Skywalker
Saga, a pattern has tended to emerge: in which the second film in each trilogy dips domestically
before the final installment dominates the box office. However, to top the numbers worldwide, you
need a strong international showing, and Star Wars’ foreign totals typically just aren’t
as great as the MCU’s. For example, while The Force Awakens is the
highest-grossing domestic release ever, it’s only fourth worldwide. So while The Rise of Skywalker may very well
top Avengers: Endgame at the domestic box office, it looks like a long shot to set the
worldwide record. The Jurassic Park franchise has always been
a stalwart showing at the box office, so what are Jurassic World 3’s chances of topping
Endgame when it opens in June 2021? Well, Jurassic Park was the highest-grossing
film ever worldwide until Titanic took the top spot. And while the later instalments in the first
trilogy opened to more tepid reactions, Jurassic World set a record for opening weekend and
enjoyed a stunning final gross of $652 million domestic and almost $1.7 billion worldwide. “Life, uh, finds a way.” Its sequel, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,
didn’t do quite as well, however, although it’s probably fair to say Universal isn’t
crying about its $1.3 billion global take. All in all, the Jurassic franchise seems to
be following an all-too-familiar pattern. Audiences flock to the first one, but once
the novelty has worn off, the grosses get smaller and smaller. Don’t expect to see the Jurassic series go
extinct anytime soon, but don’t expect it to gobble up Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, either. Avengers 5 doesn’t have a title, a storyline,
or even a release date. Heck, it’s not even a part of Marvel’s Phase
4, as far as anyone knows. And yet it’s one of the most anticipated movies
in the near future, if for no other reason than it follows the record-smashing Avengers:
Endgame. Whatever form Avengers 5 takes, a few things
are certain: namely that some of Endgame’s biggest stars will be nowhere in sight. So don’t expect Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans,
Scarlett Johansson, or Josh Brolin to show up. The real question is, then, whether Avengers
5 will have the same draw without these cornerstone characters? Of course, it’s possible. Black Panther, Captain Marvel, and Spider-Man
have each made bank at the box office, and you know the studio will pull no punches in
making Avengers 5 just as big an event as its predecessor. But whether it’s enough, and whether Marvel’s
lightning can strike twice, well, that remains to be seen. Of course, it’s entirely possible that it
won’t take every Avenger to top Endgame’s gross. Maybe it’ll only take one, Black Panther. Thanks to its insane $700 million domestic
gross, Black Panther is the highest-grossing solo superhero movie, with a take-in of $1.3
billion worldwide. That’s bigger than anything put out by any
other superhero, ever. Clearly Black Panther scratched an itch. So what does that mean for a sequel? With the notable exceptions of Iron Man 2
and Avengers: Age of Ultron, just about every MCU sequel has made more than the previous
film, both domestically and worldwide. That means the sky seems to be the limit for
the King of Wakanda’s future adventures, but the question is, just how high can he go? Can Black Panther’s historic gross be bettered
with its sequel? Or was the record-breaking gross of Black
Panther the consequence of a perfect storm of culture and cross-promotion colliding? Much like Avengers 5, the title, storyline
and complete cast for this sequel are still unknown, and all anyone knows is that it’s
due for release on May 6th 2022. But what we do know is that, while Black Panther’s
domestic take was historic, its overseas grosses were a little lower than other Marvel movies. To really outdo Endgame, Black Panther II
is going to have to up its international game considerably. If any single superhero can take down Earth’s
Mightiest Heroes, it’s gonna be Batman. Arguably the most popular costumed vigilante
on the big screen, Batman’s combined domestic gross is $2.4 billion. If we adjust that for inflation, given most
Batman movies came out more than 10 years ago, it’s $3.5 billion. This is also the only franchise to break the
opening weekend record four times, although no Batman movie has been the highest-grossing
film ever, domestically or worldwide. “All you care about is money. This town deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m gonna give it to them.” The biggest hit in the franchise, The Dark
Knight, made $533 million domestically, placing it second behind Titanic in North America. The Dark Knight’s worldwide take, however,
barely makes the top 50 at just over $1 billion. Ever since The Dark Knight Rises, Batman has
kind of been in a dry spell, but The Batman hopes to change that when it opens on June
25th 2021. The movie’s connection to the DCEU is unclear,
but it promises to be a complete reboot for the character, and the last reboot in the
series, Batman Begins, performed well, setting the stage for the record-breaking Dark Knight. And sure, there’s been a little fan backlash
after Robert Pattinson’s casting in the title role, but fans protested Michael Keaton’s
casting, too. Shows what they know. Indiana Jones 5, scheduled for a July 9th
2021 release, is shrouded in more secrecy than the Ark of the Covenant itself. But what can we expect from its box office
performance? Indiana Jones’ total domestic gross is just
over $906 million. And while that might seem unimpressive, adjusted
for inflation, that comes to $2.1 billion domestically across just four films, which
is pretty incredible. Still, it’s hard to gauge how Indy will do
in a new environment driven by international grosses. Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal
Skull made $317 million stateside and $786 million worldwide in 2008. Not great, but not bad, although as we saw
with Star Wars: The Force Awaken’s historic run, fans really, really like seeing Harrison
Ford playing his most iconic characters. “It’s not the years, hon. It’s the mileage.” And while Indy has never been quite at the
level of Lucasfilm’s golden goose from the galaxy far, far away, it’s still a franchise
that enjoys a rock solid place in pop culture history. Indy 5 might not be a front-runner for becoming
the highest-grossing movie of all time, but it might just become the highest-grossing
Indy film worldwide, and could well make enough money for Disney to fill up a whole Temple
of Doom. The Skywalker Saga isn’t the only Star Wars-related
media Disney has slated for release over the next few years, far from it. Currently, Game of Thrones showrunners David
Benioff and D.B. Weiss are working on a Star Wars trilogy, while The Last Jedi director
Rian Johnson is working on his own, too. On top of that, Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige
is developing a film for the studio. All in all, the studio has Star Wars films
booked through the next decade, trading holiday release dates with Avatar sequels in a bid
to dominate the universe, one December at a time. It’s doubtful that Disney needs or even cares
if any of these films break away to become the biggest of all time. Sure, they wouldn’t complain if any of them
did, but that’s not exactly the goal. The real goal, however, is to replicate the
MCU’s multi-franchise formula. And while that sounds good in theory, Solo
proved that you can’t make bank just by slapping the Star Wars name on it. Still, with a slew of talent behind these
upcoming movies, plus the influence of the man who made Marvel what it is today, LucasFilm
could find themselves raking in the credits very, very soon. James Cameron has been teasing the expansion
of his Avatar franchise for so long that most fans have gone Na’vi blue in the face by now. Cameras have finally started rolling on no
fewer than four Avatar sequels, at a total cost of $1 billion. That may seem like a crazy investment on a
franchise that’ll be 12 years old by the time the next one arrives in 2021, but this is
Avatar, after all: until July 2019, it was the highest-grossing film ever worldwide,
and it remains the highest-grossing overseas. Heck, the first Avatar sequel could bomb and
the franchise would still be one of the biggest ever based on the first film’s performance
alone. But that’s unlikely to happen. The past decade has seen many pundits predicting
Cameron’s Avatar sequels will fail, mostly stemming from the fact that Avatar doesn’t
have the same hold on pop culture as say, Star Wars or Lord of the Rings. And that may be so, but once that first trailer
hits, finally showcasing whatever CG-induced fever dream Cameron has cooked up, you can
bet your bottom dollar that fans will be pre-ordering their tickets in their droves. But hey, why start from scratch? Who says an Avatar sequel has to top Avengers:
Endgame when Avatar already has a head start? Less than $10 million separates Avatar and
Endgame, so if Avatar were to be re-released to build anticipation for its sequels, there’s
a solid chance it would take its record back. Rereleasing films is nothing new, though it
hasn’t been as common a thing since the arrival of home entertainment and on-demand streaming
services. But what’s a little friendly competition when
a world record is at stake? The only problem is, since Disney purchased
Fox, Disney would be responsible for the reissue, meaning they’d be competing with themselves. Disney obviously wanted Endgame to take the
record, hence the decision to re-release the movie a few months after release with just
a few minutes of extra footage. Now that they’ve done it, why would they turn
around and have Avatar usurp it? Money matters, but pride counts too. Now that Disney owns Fox, expect Avatar to
stay right where it is: firmly behind Avengers: Endgame. Nobody would have predicted James Cameron’s
movie about the sinking of a big boat would become the highest-grossing movie ever. Even fewer predicted that Cameron would top
his own record with an original sci-fi film about space marines fighting 12-foot blue
aliens. Yes, everybody knew Endgame was going to own
the box office, but nobody predicted that C-List superhero Iron Man would spawn history’s
most successful franchise, either. So who knows what could happen in the future? Despite the endless data and analytics that
go into every Hollywood movie, which movies hit big and which films flop hard really is
anyone’s guess. Hollywood is knee-deep in the IP era, but
as summer 2019 has proven, lots of moviegoers are suffering from sequelitis. Maybe the future highest-grossing film won’t
be a franchise entry at all, but an original work? Or maybe it’ll be based on a popular book,
or maybe, like Titanic, Gone with the Wind, and so many huge box office hits before, it’ll
be some kind of epic historical romance. Maybe the biggest hit won’t even come from
America. With a gross of more than $700 million, 2019’s
seventh highest-grossing movie worldwide is the Chinese film The Wandering Earth. Could a foreign film become a breakout hit
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