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Avengers: Endgame set to top 2019

LOS ANGELES Hollywood was abuzz with premiere excitement as Avengers: Endgame made its debut on Monday night with a stellar cast attendance. Data experts Applaudience have forecast the film to become the highest grossing of 2019 in the UK.


The Los Angeles Convention Center welcomed stars including Scarlett Johansson, Brie Larson, Robert Downey Jr. , Bradley Cooper, Chris Hemsworth.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus (below) hit the red carpet too along with Chris Pratt and Katherine Schwarzenegger, who declared coupledom on the carpet.

In the UK, Good Friday weekend’s record temperatures didn’t do cinemas any favours: not a single film making over the £1m mark reports Applaudience. But as of this week 3.25% of the entire UK is said to have already purchased advance tickets with a mighty 1,177,613 tickets bought for Fri-Sun screenings and 2,148,092 sold over all dates.

Black Widow Scarlett Johansson at the LA premiere in metallic Versace

Avengers: Endgame has already made £12.1m in advance ticket sales over the Box Office weekend and a further £10m across additional dates.

Applaudience has confirmed that the film will top its predecessor Avengers: Infinity War's hefty £329m Box Office opening weekend in 2018.

Below are showtimes that are 95%+ sold out (only corner / front-row seats are left to book)

Regional Statistics

Applaudience’s metrics using data mining software and sales analysis from the top 10 cinemas chains.

It reports that cinemas in the east of England have sold out of the greatest amount of in the UK, with 34.3% of the total, pre-booked.

This is closely followed by cinemas in the South East (28.9%) and East Midlands (28.5%). Yet more rural regions of the UK such as Northern Ireland and Wales are less taken by Marvel madness, with only 15.3% of total tickets available sold out in Wales and 18.5% in Northern Ireland.

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter

Planning to catch the film this weekend? Book ahead: 904 screenings up to 95% capacity and 2025 screenings across the UK are already listed as sold out.

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Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal

PARIS The change of season and the end of the yellow vest protests made Paris a perfect weekend prospect - especially when our stay was at the exclusive Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal.  Sat Bal

The hotel is more intimate than its name suggests: 57 rooms and 11 suites set in imposing 18th-century architecture. Apt too that the hotel is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group which itself features over 500 small, but perfectly formed, boutique venues around the world.

PURPOSE

A weekend of partying. Where better to disport ourselves than the Panoramic Suite? The most luxurious suite in this maison took up the strain with panache. Its versatility also makes it ideal for business stays and families.

LOCATION

Very Paris, but located away from the noisy bustle thanks to the hotel’s position by the neighbouring gardens of Palais Royal. Yet the Louvre, Place Vendôme and Palais Garner are an easy stroll away.

DESIGN

This elegant five-star hotel was designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon whose design portfolio includes the likes of the Four Seasons Hotel George V and the Shangri-La Hotel in Paris. The artwork is imposing on arrival into the lobby where Hellenistic sculptures add to the guest greeting. Hangings and fabrics come from the expertise of Pierre Frey with furnishings by Philippe Hurel and lighting by Delisle.

PANORAMIC SUITE

This is the best suite in the house, edging past the Royal Suite, and was the perfect venue for our party stay. Its exclusivity was made immediately obvious by our own private elevator which whisked us to the seventh floor.

The first real impression was made on the terrace outside the suite. With the Eiffel Tower clearly visible to the left of us and the Louvre and Palais Royal gardens in our sights, the Panoramic Suite certainly lived up to its name! The Palace of Versailles might have been out of our panorama but the "Sun King" feel prevailed nonetheless.

The usual guest view from the seventh floor - avec Eiffel Tower

We made instant use of the expansive terrace which was flooded by sun and, soon enough, with bottles of France’s best. Nearly 300 sq ft of space and an assortment of loungers, tables and chairs easily held 15 people here. Let the party commence!

Our view from our seventh floor terrace - Vive la France!

The feeling of seclusion and privacy here meant that there we no qualms about plugging in sound systems unintrusively.

The Panoramic Suite also features a private dining room in the lounge area and king beds beyond for when sleep becomes a necessity.

It has to be said that the circa £3,500-plus that secured this suite over the weekend will get you ‘Paris space’ ie. more compact than apex suites in other cities and the Panoramic will thus only sleep two adults and two kids. The rest of the rooms in the hotel follow suit with Paris space and start at around £350. Yet the upside is that all rooms, suites and leisure spaces come with a finesse that is unequivocally…Paris.

As if to emphasise the sunny day, shafts of daylight set the marble bathroom aglow, amply furnished with double sink, bath and shower in the Panoramic.

STAFF AND SERVICE

The lounge bar

Staff joyfully aided and abetted our seventh-floor shenanigans, encouraging us Brits to make merry. The warmth and courtesy percolated down to the lobby. Special mention must also be made of Leon, the French-sounding Englishman, who presided over the intimate hotel lounge bar and swapped tales of Birmingham and tricks with gin.

Le Lulli restaurant is headed by Jean-Baptiste Orieux whose exquisite dishes are made from local and seasonal ingredients.   

Elsewhere, Wi-Fi comes free and accomplished ‘Clefs d’or’ concierge caters for all whims. There’s also a Carita spa, Turkish bath and fitness centre. There are also special services for families and children.

GRAND HÔTEL DU PALAIS ROYAL

4 rue de Valois, Paris, FR, 75001

33-142-961535

www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com

www.slh.com