Dread it, run from it, but the 5th spot will still arrive. That’s right, ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ has fought off competition to become not only the biggest Marvel movie of all time, but the 5th biggest film ever worldwide, with a current figure of $1.61bn. The gross, under $70m away from 4th spot (2015s ‘Jurassic World’), was bolstered by a combination of this weekend’s $62.1m domestic taking and a massive $200m opening in China (the second biggest opening over there, after ‘Fate of the Furious’ last year and exchange rate changes). This is all, remember, after just 3 weekends in release, making it the quickest film to ever reach $1.5bn (after also reaching $1bn in record time).
Domestically, ‘Infinity War’ sits in 8th place, behind ‘The Last Jedi’ and ahead of ‘The Dark Knight’, on $547.8m. This weekend in the U.S. saw it (again) top the charts with a total of $62.1m – just a 46% drop from last weekend’s gross. An interesting insight into this number; only 3 weekends in and its already below ‘Black Panther’s 3rd weekend of $66.3m, a trend that’ll only continue as ‘Black Panther’s domestic over-performance begins to become truly clear. Still, with at least another $100m in the bank from the U.S. (and another $100m from China) to go, ‘Infinity War’ has a chance of nearing ‘Black Panther’s domestic total, and of course that coveted $2bn target.
In possibly the biggest disappointment of the weekend, Melissa McCarthy’s ‘Life of the Party’ opened to only $17.9m – her worst opening since ‘St. Vincent’ made $7.8m in its limited-to-wide release in 2015, and since ‘This is 40’ made $11.6m in its purely wide releasing opening weekend in 2012. The question now, is whether this marks a declining trend in Melissa McCarthy’s comedies, or if this was in fact just a poor release time. Mother’s Day aside, with ‘I Feel Pretty’ and ‘Overboard’ potentially filling the comedy void for many in the last few weekends, a poorly-rated Melissa McCarthy comedy perhaps wasn’t going to break the bank like expected. The hope now is that ‘Life of the Party’ is still breathing in coming weeks, and we should be optimistic, seeing how well the other comedies have held their ground.
With a per-cinema average just shy of $7,000, ‘Breaking In’ really smashed through our expectations, with a gross just $300k short of second place’s ‘Life of the Party’. This was Gabrielle Union’s biggest opening weekend since 2014’s ‘Think Like a Man Too’, which topped the charts with $29.2m. The $6m thriller also received an average B on CinemaScore. Universal will hope this doesn’t affect the film’s staying power in the coming weeks, especially with how skewed the audiences are (68% female & 73% over 25 years old), but with nearly $20m already in the bank, it shouldn’t take long for this film to break-even.
Next is ‘Overboard’, with an impressive 33% drop from last weekend. The film made 42% of its weekend gross on Sunday alone – an indication into just how much of a boost Mother’s Day was for the romantic comedy. Then, we have ‘A Quiet Place’ with (yet again) the top ten’s best drop, with only a 17% difference between this weekend’s and last weekend’s gross. Now virtually at $170m domestically, it stands as Paramount’s biggest film stateside since ‘Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation’ in 2015, and with at least $10m left in the tank, we’re crossing our fingers for Paramount to finally have their overdue resurgence.
Although the expected Mother’s Day boost for ‘I Feel Pretty’ didn’t materialise, the $3.8m grossed this weekend lands the film with a respectable domestic total of $44m (and a worldwide number at $53.9m) – solid numbers once you forget the $32m production costs. While it struggles to minimises its losses, ‘Rampage’ can potentially see profits (albeit small) after this weekend’s 25% drop meant that it brought in another $3.5m. With the worldwide number at $398.2m (just $2m off its reported break-even figure), it seems as if The Rock can do no wrong in the Box Office (just don’t mention ‘Baywatch’).
‘Tully’ brought in $2.25m for 8th place, just above ‘Black Panther’ which is clawing for the $700m domestic figure. Its current total of $696.3m will surely hit the 700-club in the upcoming weeks, although its DVD & Blu-ray release on today may seriously scupper this. Still, with 13 consecutive weeks in the top 10, 1989’s ‘Batman’ is the only other superhero movie to match the achievement – a brilliant way to conclude ‘Black Panther’s Box Office run, as it inevitably leaves the top 10 next week. Rounding off the list, is a surprise with limited release ‘RBG’, a documentary about Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, holding off ‘A Wrinkle in Time’s wide re-release for 10th spot.
Join us in a few days as we predict the upcoming weekend’s Box Office results. With ‘Show Dogs’, ‘Book Club’, and of course ‘Deadpool 2’ entering the fray, what will happen to ‘Infinity War’ and co? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter and Instagram – we’re at @JUMPCUT_ONLINE.
|Rank||Last Week Rank||Film||Weekend Gross||Total U.S. Gross||Weekend drop||Jumpcut’s prediction||Difference||Week number|
|1||1||Avengers: Infinity War||$62.1m||$548.1m||-45.9%||$58.5m||$3.6m||3|
|2||–||Life of the Party||$17.9m||$17.9m||–||$22m||$4.1m||1|
|5||3||A Quiet Place||$6.5m||$169.6m||-16.8%||$5.4m||$1.1m||6|
|6||4||I Feel Pretty||$3.8m||$44m||-24.7%||$2.3m||$1.5m||4|