‘Avengers: Infinity War’ has hit the $500 million mark domestically, making it the fastest film– 15 days– to hit the half billion mark in the U.S., besting ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘The Last Jedi’.  It currently ranks as the fifth highest-grossing superhero movie worldwide and it took in $200M in China.  It is the highest-grossing Marvel Studios film so far, globally.

Meanwhile, ‘Black Panther’ just shy of $700 million.  It’s possible that this film could reach that even though it is inches away from being released on DVD/BluRay.

Now that we’re moving into the summer season, however, don’t expect ‘Infinity War’ to continue its reign.  ‘Deadpool 2’ is expected to take in approximately $150M in its opening weekend.  But for now, it’s the calm before the storm.  The number two movie was ‘Life of the Party’ which stars Melissa McCarthy.  It accumulated $18.2M, which is the lowest debut for the comedian.  These days, American audiences are not drawn to specific actors and unfortunately, McCarthy’s movies are gradually slipping down as they arrive.  ‘Tammy’ opened with $33.3M and ‘The Boss’ made $23.6M in its opening weekend.  It did, however, earn a “B” CinemaScore.

Will Packer’s ‘Breaking In’ stars Gabrielle Union and took the #3 spot.  The film cost only $6M to make and took in $18.2M this weekend.  So it’s already profitable, although it isn’t really posing a threat to ‘Infinity War’.  Females made up the majority of the audience for this thriller and awarded it a “B-” CinemaScore.

Here is the Top Five:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War (Disney) – $61.8M
  2. Life of the Party (New Line/Warner Brothers) – $18.2M
  3. Breaking In (Universal) – $16.5M
  4. Overboard (MGM/Lionsgate) – $10.1M
  5. A Quiet Place (Paramount) – $10.1M

Next weekend should belong to ‘Deadpool 2’ which stars Ryan Reynolds with Josh Brolin as Cable and Zazie Beetz as Domino, not to mention the fact that it will serve as the film introduction of X-Force.  The following weekend will see the release of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ which is trending to do massive business and will likely take the top spot from ‘Deadpool’.  At this point, it looks as though ‘Deadpool 2’ will open to $150M, but that could elevate if initial reactions are positive.

In alternative news, ‘Book Club’ is also opening, starring Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen.  This flick might have done better had it opened this Mother’s Day weekend, because… women.

But check back next week to see how things work out.

Source: Deadline