вЂ?AvengersвЂ™ overpowers вЂ?Breaking In,вЂ™ вЂ?Life of the PartyвЂ™
LOS ANGELES вЂ” вЂњAvengers: Infinity WarвЂќ is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theatres, easily beating out the mom-themed fare.
The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that вЂњInfinity WarвЂќ has added $61.8 million from North American theatres bringing its total domestic earnings to $547.8 million. Globally the film has now grossed over $1.6 billionвЂ“ $200 million of which was from its massive opening in China this weekend. ItвЂ™s now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.
The superhero blockbuster overpowered newcomers like the Melissa McCarthy comedy вЂњLife of the PartyвЂќ and the Gabrielle Union thriller вЂњBreaking In,вЂќ both of which were strategically timed to debut on MotherвЂ™s Day weekend. Both films drew overwhelmingly female audiences, too.
In a distant second, вЂњLife of the PartyвЂќ earned an estimated $18.5 million, which is a few million short of some of McCarthyвЂ™s other comedy collaborations with husband Ben Falcone like вЂњTammyвЂќ and вЂњThe Boss.вЂќ It also got similarly mixed reviews from critics. The Warner Bros. release stars McCarthy as a woman who decides to go back to college with her daughter.
The studio is вЂњthrilledвЂќ with the results.
вЂњItвЂ™s escapist movie palace fare,вЂќ said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.вЂ™ president of domestic distribution.
The modestly budgeted вЂњBreaking InвЂќ took third place with $16.5 million, over-performing most industry expectations despite lacklustre reviews. The film stars Union as a mom who has to fight to save her kids from a group of home invaders.
вЂњItвЂ™s an edge-of-the-seat thriller that you may not always associate with MotherвЂ™s Day, but it worked extraordinarily well,вЂќ said Jim Orr, UniversalвЂ™s president of domestic theatrical distribution.
The Universal Pictures release is just the latest in a long string of successful collaborations with producer Will Packer, who also produced вЂњGirlвЂ™s TripвЂќ and the вЂњRide AlongвЂќ films.
вЂњWe have a great partner in Will Packer and вЂ?Breaking InвЂ™ is another example of his very talented approach and our mutual success,вЂќ Orr said.
Also benefiting from the MotherвЂ™s Day timing was вЂњOverboard,вЂќ which earned $10.1 million to take fourth place, down only 31 per cent from its debut last weekend. And rounding out the top five was вЂњA Quiet PlaceвЂќ with $6.4 million. The John Krasinski-directed thriller has now earned $169.6 million domestically.
вЂњThis is a typical MotherвЂ™s Day weekend with a big blockbuster in the mix and some counter programming thrown in for good measure as we await the arrival of вЂ?Deadpool 2вЂ™ next week,вЂќ said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.
Because of the massive success of вЂњInfinity War,вЂќ the box office is up 4.9 per cent for the year, and a slew of blockbusters coming up are hoping to continue the success, including вЂњDeadpool 2вЂќ and вЂњSolo: A Star Wars StoryвЂќ just one week later.
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.вЂќAvengers: Infinity War,вЂќ $61.8 million ($281.3 million international).
2.вЂќLife of the Party,вЂќ $18.5 million ($2.9 million international).
3.вЂќBreaking In,вЂќ $16.5 million ($1 million international).
4.вЂќOverboard,вЂќ $10.1 million ($8.2 million international).
5.вЂќA Quiet Place,вЂќ $6.4 million ($2.8 million international).
6.вЂќI Feel Pretty,вЂќ $3.7 million ($3.5 million international).
7.вЂќRampage,вЂќ $3.4 million ($6.4 million international).
8.вЂќTully,вЂќ $2.2 million.
9.вЂќBlack Panther,вЂќ $1.9 million.
10.вЂќBlockers,вЂќ $1.1 million ($1.2 million international).
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:
1. вЂњAvengers: Infinity War,вЂќ $281.3 million.
2. вЂњOverboard,вЂќ $8.2 million.
3. вЂњTruth or Dare,вЂќ $7.4 million.
4. вЂњRampage,вЂќ $6.4 million.
5. вЂњSherlock Gnomes,вЂќ $5.6 million.
6. вЂњUs And Them (dir. Liu),вЂќ $4.2 million.
7. вЂњI Feel Pretty,вЂќ $3.5 million.
8. вЂњWrestler,вЂќ $3.4 million.
9. вЂњI Am Your Mom,вЂќ $3.2 million.
10. вЂњLife of the Party,вЂќ $2.9 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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