After three weekends in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War has now entered the top 10 all-time at the domestic box office. The film has been a proper juggernaut since it premiered in late April, breaking the opening weekend record by $10 million as it rode waves of positive buzz and pent-up enthusiasm that had been building steadily for the past decade. Infinity War is constantly setting new marks in both North America and foreign territories, dominating the marketplace. It even crossed $1 billion worldwide before it opened in China.
Without much in the way of competition this week, Infinity War was expected to continue its lucrative run by continuing its rise up the charts. After entering the top 15 last weekend, it's now moved up seven spots to further cement its status as one of the biggest movies ever.
Per Box Office Mojo, Infinity War earned $61.8 million this weekend, raising its U.S. total to $547.8 million. A was estimated a few days ago, it's now passed The Dark Knight ($534.8 million) and currently ranks #8 all-time. The next film to pass is Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which grossed $620.1 million domestically. It remains ahead of the pace of Black Panther (which had made $501.7 million in 17 days), so Infinity War still has a good chance of eventually surpassing Panther as the MCU's top earner in the States. Its $1.6 billion global haul already makes it the #1 superhero film worldwide.
With this development, Marvel now has three of the top 10 movies domestically (Black Panther, The Avengers, and Infinity War), while Disney as a whole boasts six (the three modern Star Wars films released to date). All in all, it's proof that Bob Iger is an extremely savvy businessman, as he acquired franchises that obviously connect with the general public. It'll be interesting to see how much higher Infinity War will go before it bows out of theaters. Its time running unopposed is nearly over, with Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story on the horizon. Both of those tentpoles generated positive responses after early screenings this past week, so they should do well commercially. In fact, they're each projected to clear $150 million during their respective opening frames.
Mother's Day weekend saw two strategically-timed counter-programming options, both of which did fairly well in their first three days. Melissa McCarthy's new comedy Life of the Party grossed $18.5 million (though that is lower than The Boss and Spy), while the Gabrielle Union vehicle Breaking In earned $16.5 million against a $6 million production budget (meaning it's already turned a small profit). The top five was rounded out by the Overboard remake ($10.1 million) and horror smash A Quiet Place ($6.4 million).
Source: Box Office Mojo
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