Life of the Party Box Office

“Avengers: Infinity War” Moves into Top 10 Domestically, Top 5 Worldwide


May 11-13, 2018

(estimates from


Avengers: Infinity War  $61.8 million
Life of the Party $18.5 million
Breaking In $16.5 million
Overboard $10.1 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.

Next week:

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.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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