Tavern Talk: Video Review - LONG SHOT

This week on TAVERN TALK by Initial Reaction we reviewed the new Seth Rogen/Charlize Theron film, Long Shot, but it was always something of a given in regards to box office that the discussion would still be centered around Avengers: Endgame. In just twelve days of global release Endgame has already become the second largest worldwide release of all-time, passing Titanic, as it topped $2 billion globally and delivered over $619 million at the domestic box office. As far as weekend two on the domestic from goes though, Endgame finished with $147.4 million coming in just shy of the record $149.2 million second weekend for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but even without that record Endgame has now grossed nearly $620 million at the domestic box office, already ranking as the ninth largest domestic release of all-time per BoxOfficeMojo. Just how high will Endgame climb? While it seems difficult to pinpoint exactly at this pace a domestic gross topping $900 million no longer seems out of the question and neither does Avatar's all-time global box office record of $2.8 billion. Globally, Endgame currently sits at $2.188 billion, trailing Avatar by $600 million though it should be noted Endgame topped $2 billion worldwide in its eleventh day of release while it took Avatar 47 days to reach this milestone. That said, Avatar had an open field after the holiday season and the typical doldrums of January and February at the movies while the competition for Endgame will begin to ramp-up this week with Pok√©mon Detective Pikachu with the summer movie season kicking into high-gear every week after that. Unfortunately, Long Shot couldn't even grab the runner-up position as Screen Gems' The Intruder starring Dennis Quaid, Michael Ealy, and Meagan Goode, which delivered an estimated $11 million on an $8 million budget. In third is where we find Lionsgate's Long Shot coming in at the lower end of expectations, delivering an estimated $10 million debut. While the film was the best reviewed title among new releases this weekend interest either didn't seem all that high or Endgame was simply too much of a juggernaut to be meddled with. Receiving a "B" CinemaScore and having to compete with the likes of other female-skewing releases such as The Hustle and Poms this weekend over Mother's Day likely won't help the film either. Internationally, Long Shot did open in twenty-two markets with an estimated $3.3 million. The other new wide release of the week, STX's UglyDolls, took in an estimated $8.5 million from 3,652 theaters for a soft, $2,330 per theater average and on a $45 million budget no less. As always, be sure to follow the official Initial Reaction YouTube channel as well as on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter where you can find a new review (or reviews) each week! 

Read my full Long Shot review here.

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