Sunday, July 21, 2024

Marvel-ous: “Avengers: Infinity Wars” Breaks New Records No One’s Ever Heard Of While “Deadpool” Lays in Wait


You know, Deadpool is out there. And even while “Avengers: Infinity War” breaks new records this weekend, “Deadpool 2” is waiting for its release. Will it topple all these movies like “Infinity War” and “Black Panther”? I hope so.

In the meantime, “Infinity War” now has $450 million US, and $1.1 billion globally. The mega Marvel movie now has the second highest second weekend ever, and is one of a half dozen movies to make $100 million for a second weekend in a row.

And oh yes: “Black Panther” will hit $700 million US this week, which is amazing and wonderful. It seems impossible it could earn another $60 million in theatrical release to become number 2, but who knows? “Infinity War” is feeding new “Black Panther” audiences every day– people who want to see the rest of T’Challa’s story.

All of this leaves little room for “small” movies at a human scale. Jason Reitman’s “Tully” made just $3.1 million in semi-limited release. But the Charlize Theron starrer has an 89 on Rotten Tomatoes. Were there press screeners, or a NY event? I have no idea. Why wasn’t this held for the fall? Counter programming? Well, one day I’ll get to see it and have some thoughts. But anyone who’s not interested in super heroes should check it out. Reitman, Theron and Diablo Cody are a substantial team.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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