‘Avengers’ continues to win the box-office war
Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” dominated the box office and broke another record in its second weekend in theaters.
The film added an estimated $112.5 million in earnings in the U.S. and Canada, according to measurement firm ComScore, and is now the fastest movie to cross $1 billion globally, accomplishing that feat in 11 days. That’s one day fewer than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in 2015. The cumulative “Infinity War” domestic gross stands at $450.8 million.
For films in their second weekend of release, “Infinity War” had the second-biggest domestic gross of all time. The strong turnout reflected the film’s quality as well as the buzz that has surrounded the film since its debut, said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at ComScore.
Audiences were a combination of “repeat viewers who could not wait to go for another ride on the latest Marvel Cinematic roller-coaster,” he said, as well as “newcomers to the party” who didn’t want to be left out of the water-cooler conversation.
In a ComScore audience survey, 33% of first weekend ticket holders said they would see “Infinity War” again. “This is three times the norm, ” Dergarabedian said.
Marvel’s other entry, “Black Panther,” has maintained its place in the top 10 for 12 consecutive weeks. This weekend the film added $3.5 million in domestic earnings for a cumulative $693.1 million.
MGM and Lionsgate-Pantelion’s “Overboard” remake debuted in second place with $14.7 million.
The romantic comedy, starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez, upends the roles of the 1987 film featuring Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn. “Overboard” earned mixed reviews, garnering an A-minus rating from audiences on CinemaScore and a 30% “rotten” rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes.
Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” directed by and starring John Krasinski, performed well in its fifth weekend. It added $7.6 million for a cumulative $159.9 million and third-place finish.
At No. 4, STX Entertainment’s “I Feel Pretty” starring Amy Schumer, now in its third weekend, added $4.9 million in earnings for a cumulative $37.8 million.
Rounding out the top five, Warner Bros.’ “Rampage” added $4.6 million in its fourth weekend in theaters, for a cumulative $84.4 million.
Also new this week, Focus Features’ “Tully” earned $3.2 million and came in at No. 6.
The R-rated dramatic comedy, written by Diablo Cody and starring Charlize Theron, follows a mother of three (Theron) who is gifted a night nanny by her brother. The film earned positive reviews from critics with an 89% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The final new wide release of the week, Electric Entertainment’s “Bad Samaritan,” earned $1.7 million and came in at No. 10.
The horror thriller, about a valet who burglarizes the houses of his rich customers, earned a B-minus rating on CinemaScore and a 56% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Next week, Universal debuts the Gabrielle Union-led thriller “Breaking In” and Warner Bros. premieres the comedy “Life of the Party” starring Melissa McCarthy.
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