вЂ?Avengers: Infinity WarвЂ™ scores second best weekend 2 ever
LOS ANGELES вЂ” After breaking opening weekend records, вЂњAvengers: Infinity WarвЂќ continued to dominate in its second weekend in theatres, but alternative programming like the romantic comedy вЂњOverboardвЂќ also found an audience in what has historically been considered the вЂњofficialвЂќ kick-off to the summer movie season.
The Walt Disney Co. said Sunday that вЂњAvengers: Infinity WarвЂќ will gross an estimated $112.5 million from North American theatres over the weekend, becoming the second highest grossing film in weekend two behind вЂњStar Wars: The Force AwakensвЂќвЂ? $149.2 million and just slightly ahead of вЂњBlack PantherвЂќ ($111.7 million).
ItвЂ™s a 56 per cent drop from its first weekend in theatres вЂ” less steep than the second weekend fall of вЂњAvengers: Age of UltronвЂќ (59.4 per cent) or вЂњCaptain America: Civil WarвЂќ (59.5 per cent), but more than вЂњBlack PantherвЂ™sвЂќ uniquely soft 44.7 per cent sophomore weekend decline.
вЂњWeвЂ™re in uncharted territory again,вЂќ said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian. вЂњThis is a second weekend number that many films would aspire to have on opening weekend.вЂќ
Globally, вЂњAvengers: Infinity WarвЂќ has now grossed over $1.2 billion and become the first film ever to cross the $1 billion mark in 11 days of release, and it has yet to even open in China.
There was little new competition this weekend in the blockbuster space, although there were a handful of other options, like вЂњOverboard,вЂќ which came in a very distant second to вЂњAvengers,вЂќ but still made a notable splash for a film its size.
MGM and LionsgateвЂ™s Pantelion FilmsвЂ™ gender-swapped remake of Garry MarshallвЂ™s 1987 comedy, вЂњOverboardвЂќ scored the highest-grossing opening weekend for Pantelion Films with a better-than-expected $14.8 million from 1,623 theatres. ItвЂ™s already surpassed its modest mid-teens production budget.
Pantelion Films CEO Paul Presburger and Jonathan Glickman, president of the Motion Picture Group at MGM, both attribute the success to the star-power of Eugenio Derbez (вЂњInstructions Not Included,вЂќ вЂњHow to be a Latin LoverвЂќ) who helped developed the bilingual remake with an American star (Anna Faris) to appeal not just to his Hispanic fan base but all audiences.
The cast, including Derbez and Eva Longoria, helped promote the film on their social media accounts too.
вЂњItвЂ™s great to have a large base especially in the wake of вЂ?Avengers,вЂќвЂ? Presburger said. вЂњWe have a movie out there that plays to families and all audiences that should have success into MotherвЂ™s Day and onwards.вЂќ
Although critics were not especially won over by вЂњOverboard,вЂќ audiences gave the film a more favourable A- CinemaScore.
Third place went to вЂњA Quiet Place,вЂќ which has grossed $159.9 million in five weeks in theatres, and fourth place to вЂњI Feel Pretty,вЂќ now up to $37.8 million in weekend three. вЂњRampageвЂќ rounded out the top five with $4.6 million, bumping its domestic total to $84.8 million.
In sixth place, вЂњTully,вЂќ starring Charlize Theron, launched on 1,353 screens with $3.2 million. ItвЂ™s the third collaboration between director Jason Reitman and screenwriter Diablo Cody, the team behind вЂњJuno,вЂќ and their second with Theron, who also starred in their film вЂњYoung Adult.вЂќ
HollywoodвЂ™s summer movie season typically runs from the first weekend in May through Labor Day, but this year got a jump-start with the late April release of вЂњAvengers: Infinity War.вЂќ
вЂњThis was not the strongest weekend ever in terms of the official kick-off of the summer season, but we could be looking at a record May ultimately,вЂќ Dergarabedian said, noting upcoming releases like вЂњDeadpool 2вЂќ (May 18) and вЂњSolo: A Star Wars StoryвЂќ (May 25). вЂњThis weekend just shows how the strategy of release dates is changing how the box office plays out.вЂќ
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.
1. вЂњAvengers: Infinity War,вЂќ $112.5 million ($162.6 million international).
2. вЂњOverboard,вЂќ $14.8 million.
3. вЂњA Quiet Place,вЂќ $7.6 million ($4.1 million international).
4. вЂњI Feel Pretty,вЂќ $4.9 million ($3.2 million international).
5. вЂњRampage,вЂќ $4.6 million ($13.7 million international).
6. вЂњTully,вЂќ $3.2 million ($200,000 international).
7. вЂњBlack Panther,вЂќ $3.1 million ($390,000 international).
8. вЂњTruth or Dare,вЂќ $1.9 million ($5.7 million international).
9. вЂњSuper Troopers 2,вЂќ $1.8 million ($90,000 international).
10. вЂњBad Samaritan,вЂќ $1.8 million.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
1.вЂќAvengers: Infinity War,вЂќ $162.6 million.
2.вЂќUs And Them,вЂќ $27 million.
3.вЂќRampage,вЂќ $13.7 million.
4.вЂќA or B,вЂќ $11.1 million.
5.вЂќBaahubali: The Conclusion,вЂќ $7.9 million.
6.вЂќReady Player One,вЂќ $6.3 million.
7.вЂќTruth or Dare,вЂќ $5.7 million.
8.вЂќChampion,вЂќ $5.5 million.
9.вЂќ102 Not Out,вЂќ $3.4 million.
10.вЂќI Feel Pretty,вЂќ $3.2 million.
Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.
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