BOX OFFICE REPORT
May 11-13, 2018
(estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com)
|Avengers: Infinity War||$61.8 million|
|Life of the Party||$18.5 million|
|Breaking In||$16.5 million|
|A Quiet Place||$8.4 million|
Dominating for a third straight weekend, Avengers: Infinity War blew away all newcomers with an estimated $61.8 million. It's now brought in nearly $550 million. That's good enough to move into eighth all-time domestically, topping both The Dark Knight and Rogue One in just three weekends. It's also fifth all-time worldwide, thanks to its opening in China. It's sure to keep moving up both lists, but just how far remains a question mark, since its competition begins in earnest next weekend. Here it will certainly over take the first Avengers film, but may struggle to top Jurassic World and Titanic, thus being the MCU's second-biggest movie ever (and of this year). Worldwide, it should have no trouble moving up to fourth, but $2 billion might be a bit more difficult. Anyone viewing this as a disappointment should probably have their head examined, especially because next summer's sequel will probably do even better.
Melissa McCarthy proved her draw once again, as Life of the Party had the second-best comedy debut of 2018. While that's actually the lowest debut of her leading roles, it's not bad considering comedies aren't quite as big a draw lately. (Anything that's not horror or a superhero movie is struggling, honestly.) But given it's likely a lower-cost film compared to some of her higher-concept efforts, this one's almost certainly turned a profit already.
But nothing was as cost-effective as Breaking In. Though I wasn't a fan, audiences bought in, and the $6 million thriller has nearly tripled its budget already. Producer Will Packer has a consistent track record of relatively cheap comedies (Girls Trip) and thrillers (Obsessed) making a tidy profit for their studios. Overboard slipped to fourth, and it hasn't quite topped $30 million yet. A Quiet Place, meanwhile, is still the third-biggest movie of 2018 (at least until next week).
Outside the top 5:
- This Weekend's Indie Champ: Boom for Real, a documentary on the early years of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. The film earned a major $22,500 on just one screen.
- Adding 146 new screens, the documentary RBG jumped into the top 10. The Ruth Bader Ginsberg story should be the biggest non-fiction film of the summer. That is, until Won't You Be My Neighbor? opens.
- A Wrinkle in Time added nearly 1,700 screens in what I assume was an attempt to catch kids who are wrapping up school. Unfortunately, that wasn't nearly enough to get it to cross that all-important $100 million threshold.
Now the competition starts. Deadpool 2 is the only major release, so how high can it go? The original shocked the world with the biggest R-rated opening ever at $132 million. This one will blow past that, but not to MCU levels. So $150 million is the safe bet, but it could certainly go higher. Book Club will have a nice $20 million debut, too.