Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekend Box-Office: DEADPOOL 2 Ends AVENGERS' Reign


"Avengers: Inifinity War" was dethroned after a 3-week reign at the top of the box-office charts by another comic book adaptation sequel, the R-rated "Deadpool 2".  The Marvel character from another studio made a ton of money over the weekend, but couldn't quite break all the records. Meanwhile, the comedies "Book Club" and "Show Dogs" performed pretty much as expected on this crowded weekend.

Find out more about the weekend box office after the jump.

"Deadpool 2" opened with an impressive $125 million over the weekend, becoming the second largest R-rated opening ever, ahead of last year's "It" ($123.4 million) and behind the original "Deadpool" ($132.4 million). Expectations were high for the sequel since it broke R-rated records from Thursday night previews ($18.6 million) and opening day ($53.3 million). The film performed very well overseas, grossing $176.3 million and scoring a record for Fox International. "Deadpool 2" was well received by critics (83% on Rotten Tomatoes and 66 on Metacritic), and received a solid "A" from CinemaScore's opening night polls.

"Avengers: Infinity War" dropped to second place after holding at #1 for three consecutive weekends and grossed $28.7 million. After four weeks in theaters, the film has earned $595 million domestically and a huge $1.2 billion overseas, adding up to a worldwide cume of $1.81 billion, the fourth largest global release of all-time, behind "Star Wars: The Force Awakens", "Titanic" and "Avatar".

In third place we have another new wide release, the comedy "Book Club" which opened with $12.5 million against a $10 million budget, and is expected to hold on well in the following weeks. The film received mixed reviews from critics (58% on Rotten Tomatoes and 53 on Metacritic), while CinemaScore reports an "A-" grade from its polls.

The Melissa McCarthy comedy "Life of the Party" dropped 56% and finished in fourth place with $7.7 million. The film has grossed $31 million domestically and another $5.8 million overseas, against a $30 million budget.

The Top five is rounded out by the thriller "Breaking In" starring Gabrielle Union, which dropped an even steeper 63%, finishing in fifth place with $6.4 million. However, the film has performed very well, with $28.7 million grossed against a $6 million budget.

The last of the new wide releases, the comedy "Show Dogs" opened with a weak $6 million from 3,212 theaters. While critics were as mean as they could be to this movie (26% on Rotten Tomatoes and 35 on Metacritic), moviegoers seem to have enjoyed it, according to CinemaScore's, dare I say, surprising "A-" grade.

Rounding out the Top 10 is last week's surprise entry, the documentary "RBG" which expanded into another 375 theaters over the weekend, and grossed $1.2 million, which brings its domestic cume to $3.8 million.

New Wide Releases: "Deadpool 2", "Book Club", "Show Dogs".

Biggest Drop : "Breaking In" (-63.3%)

Smallest Drop : "A Quiet Place" (-37%)

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Deadpool 2 $125M $125M $176.3M $110M
2 Avengers: Infinity War $28.6M $595M $1,218M $300M
3 Book Club $12.5M $12.5M N/A $10M
4 Life of the Party $7.7M $31M $5.8M $30M
5 Breaking In $6.4M $28.7M $1.7M $6M
6 Show Dogs $6M $6M $0.6M N/A
7 Overboard $4.7M $36.9M $12M $12M
8 A Quiet Place $4M $176.1M $120.3M $17M
9 Rampage $1.5M $92.4M $314.5M $120M
10 RBG $1.2M $3.8M N/A N/A


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