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Monday, May 20, 2019

Hot This Week: May 20

Movies 
  1. What Men Want (Blu-ray)
  2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (Blu-ray | 4K)
  3. Serenity (Blu-ray)
  4. Glass (Blu-ray | 4K)
  5. Miss Bala (Blu-ray)
  6. The Prodigy (Blu-ray)
  7. The Mule (Blu-ray | 4K)
  8. Escape Room (Blu-ray)
  9. Aquaman (Blu-ray | 4K)
  10. Bumblebee (Blu-ray | 4K)
CD
  1. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride
  2. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  3. Khalid, Free Spirit
  4. Ariana Grande, Thank U, Next
  5. P!nk, Hurts 2B Human
  6. ScHoolboy Q, CrasH Talk
  7. BTS, Map of the Soul: Persona
  8. Post Malone, Beerbongs & Bentleys
  9. Juice WRLD, Death Race for Love
  10. Drake, Scorpion
Fiction
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens
  2. The 18th Abduction, James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
  3. Blessing in Disguise, Danielle Steel
  4. Redemption, David Baldacci
  5. Sunset Beach, Mary Kay Andrews
  6. Storm Cursed, Patricia Briggs
  7. The Road Home, Richard Paul Evans
  8. The Big Kahuna, Janet and Peter Evanovich
  9. Neon Prey, John Sandford
  10. The Guest Book, Sarah Blake
Non-Fiction
  1. The Pioneers, David McCullough
  2. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  3. Educated, Tara Westover
  4. The Moment of Lift, Melinda Gates
  5. The Second Mountain, David Brooks
  6. Furious Hours, Casey Cep
  7. Lake of the Ozarks, Bill Geist
  8. Every Tool's a Hammer, Adam Savage
  9. Life Will Be the Death of Me, Chelsea Handler
  10. Nanaville, Anna Quindlen

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Avengers: Endgame Crushes Box Office Records

Written by Jon Williams

Eleven years and twenty-two movies in, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is stronger than ever. In its first weekend of release, the highly anticipated Avengers: Endgame set a record with over $356 million made at the box office. That’s nearly $100 million more than the previous record holder for opening weekend box office gross—last year’s Avengers: Infinity War, which this movie follows on from. And with the entire weekend box office totaling $392 million, Endgame enjoyed a staggering 90% market share.1 (It’s also worth noting that the weekend’s second place movie was also from Marvel—Captain Marvel, adding $8 million to its current $414 million total in its eighth weekend of release.)

The numbers are even more astounding on a global scale. Endgame brought in over $1.2 billion around the globe. Fewer than 40 movies have made over a billion dollars in the entirety of their theatrical runs, and Endgame did it in just one weekend.2 Infinity War was the previous record holder in this regard as well; it took 11 days to cross the billion dollar-mark.3

Ticket sales for Endgame are likely to remain strong for the foreseeable future, as those who weren’t able to secure tickets for opening weekend look to see it for the first time and as die-hard Marvel fans return for repeat viewings. With that being the case, more box office records are sure to fall, with all-time marks in its sights. Topping the $937 million domestic record of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the $2.8 billion global record of Avatar will be a tall order, but both are certainly within the realm of possibility.

These films are popular with library patrons as well as moviegoers. Use the links above to pre-order Avengers: Endgame and Captain Marvel and get them on your shelves as soon as they are available, and SmartBrowse on our website to find other entries in the ever-popular MCU.