Exhibition need not worry: After October’s vibrant box office, there is indeed more blockbuster business to come in November. Deadline has learned that advance ticket sales for Disney/Marvel’s Eternals, opening on Nov. 5, are already quite huge.
Insiders say advance sales for the movie from Oscar winning filmmaker Chloé Zhao, is estimated to have racked up $2.6M in its first 24 hours; an amount that’s +86% ahead of Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings ($1.4M) and +30% ahead of Black Widow ($2M) over the same period of time. For No. 1 exhibitor AMC, Eternals reps their largest day one sales so far this year. Eternals tickets went on sale Monday.
Black Widow shaped up to be the biggest opener of the summer, now second biggest domestic opener of the year, with $80.3M after Sony/Marvel’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage with $90M. Shang-Chi is the third biggest opener of the year with $75.3M over three days of the four-day Labor Day weekend. Black Widow, which went day-and-date theatrical on Disney+ Premier, has grossed $183.6M at the domestic box office. Shang-Chi, which was released on a pure theatrical window, is the highest grossing movie at the domestic B.O. year to date with $213.8M. Shang-Chi will hit Disney+ on Nov. 12, Disney+ Day, free to subscribers. The biggest November openings for Marvel movies are Thor: Ragnarok ($122.7M), Thor: The Dark World ($85.7M) and Doctor Strange ($85M).
Since the last trailer debut of Eternals in August, fans online have noted the diversity of the film’s ensemble cast. Fans have also taken note of the fresh tonal and visual style of the film, giving credit to Zhao. Eternals follows a group of heroes from beyond the stars who had protected the Earth since the dawn of man. When monstrous creatures called the Deviants, long thought lost to history, mysteriously return, the Eternals are forced to reunite in order to defend humanity once again. Gemma Chan plays humankind-loving Sersi, Richard Madden is the all-powerful Ikaris, Kumail Nanjiani portrays cosmic-powered Kingo, Lia McHugh is the eternally young, old-soul Sprite, Brian Tyree Henry plays intelligent inventor Phastos, Lauren Ridloff is the super-fast Makkari, Barry Keoghan is aloof loner Druig, Don Lee plays powerful Gilgamesh, with Kit Harington as Dane Whitman, Salma Hayek as the wise and spiritual leader Ajak, and Angelina Jolie as the fierce warrior Thena.