The build-up to the weekend saw one major talking point in particular: would ‘Deadpool 2’ beat ‘Deadpool’s opening weekend record for an R-rated film? We here at Jumpcut were certainly optimistic with our $140m+ prediction, but ‘Deadpool 2’ ultimately came in under the $132.4m target, with a $125.5m gross. Opening a few weeks after direct competition ‘Infinity War’ certainly did it no favours, but what’s most concerning is the realisation that ‘Deadpool’s popularity came from its bold and unique approach to a superhero film; could its sequel ever really recapture that magic in a bottle?
Its drop domestically wasn’t mirrored in the International markets however, where it infact grew to $176.3m – a record for 20th Century Fox. That brings its worldwide opening to a little over $300m, the biggest global opening weekend for an R-rated film, and a massive 3-day return off of a $110m investment. Some fears remain about ‘Deadpool 2’s domestic future, as sequels tend to be more front-loaded due to the early audience demand – but the improved numbers abroad may leave the film with a similar gross to its predecessor 2 years ago.
Next was ‘Infinity War’, which finally left the top spot after grossing $29.5m in its 4th weekend. With an expected 52% drop, eyes will now be looking forward to Friday, when Solo hits and inevitably hurts ‘Infinity War’s revenue some more. Now just $5m away from a $600m domestic total, it’s global cume of $1.8bn makes it the biggest summer movie of all time, as well as having the 3rd biggest overseas gross ever (ahead of ‘Furious 7’ and behind ‘Titanic’ and ‘Avatar’).
Next was Paramount’s ‘Book Club’, impressing us all with a $13.5m take, just $4m under ‘My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2’s opening in 2016. This is Paramount’s second film of the year that’s called upon new directors and original ideas, and the strategy is seemingly paying off, with ‘A Quiet Place’ and now Bill Holderman’s romantic comedy making waves in the Box Office from small budgets. Its A- on Cinemascore also shows it performed pretty well amongst its target audience, which usually translates into stronger Box Office legs.
If you were to think this was going to be another successful week for comedies after ‘Book Club’s decent opening however, ‘Life of the Party’ wants you to think again. In a way, this panned effort by married couple Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone was the comedic straw that broke the camel’s back; a drop of around 58% this weekend after ‘Deadpool 2’s release meant it only brought in $7.6m, a far cry from the $10m we originally predicted. That $30m budget isn’t looking like the greatest investment anymore, as this will surely go down as one of McCarthy’s weakest performers. Similarly, ‘Breaking In’ suffered massively and took a fall of 61.3%, a mirror image to 2016’s ‘When the Bough Breaks’ 61.4% drop in its second weekend. It now stands at $31.3m worldwide and will look to end up just over the $40m mark globally by the end of its run.
‘Show Dogs’ expectedly ended up as the runt of the new litter with a $6m gross this weekend. Remarkably, this was just the second ever film released by studio ‘Global Road’, with the first being the drama ‘Midnight Sun’ from March, which made a respectable $22m off a $2.8m budget. ‘Show Dogs’ couldn’t live up to the unremarkable heights that ‘Midnight Sun’ set, with an opening $3.5m under that and $2m under Will Arnett’s (and Gabriel Iglesias’) last feature, ‘The Nut Job 2’.
The last comedy in the top ten this week is ‘Overboard’, with ‘I Feel Pretty’ having a momentous 66.7% collapse and finishing in 11th. ‘Overboard’ took in $4.6m for a current domestic total of $37m, and global total of $49m. Its worldwide number is just $12m away from ‘How To Be a Latin Lover’s $61.9m gross, a feat achievable if it’s able to perform well against ‘Solo’ this upcoming weekend.
‘A Quiet Place’ had quite a brilliant time in China this weekend, where it finally opened to $17.5m – enough for 3rd place in their weekend rankings. In the US, it brought home a solid $3.9m in its 7th weekend, finally pushing it ahead of ‘Get Out’s domestic total of $176m with a gross of $176.1m. With $300m being reached sometime this week, this is shaping up to be one of the year’s most impressive Box Office performances.
Finally, we have ‘Rampage’ with a decent $1.6m gross, and for the second week running, a surprise in 10th spot, with ‘Super Troopers 2’ beating the odds by having a 31.7% increase from last weekend (even though it lost 900 cinemas). The reason? Its distributor, 20th Century Fox, decided to promote a double feature between it and ‘Deadpool 2’, allowing it to take home a respectable $1.3m.
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|Rank||Last Week Rank||Film||Total U.S. Gross||Weekend Gross||Weekend drop||Jumpcut’s prediction||Difference||Week number|
|2||1||Avengers: Infinity War||$595.8m||$29.5m||-52.6%||$29.8m||$0.3m||4|
|4||2||Life of the Party||$30.9m||$7.6m||-57.5%||$10m||$2.4m||2|
|8||5||A Quiet Place||$176.1m||$3.9m||-38.9%||$5m||$1.1m||7|
|10||14||Super Troopers 2||$29.1m||$1.3m||+31.7%||–||–||5|