Weekend Box Office

Weekend Box Office Results: Avengers: Infinity War Scores a Record-Breaking Opening

Meanwhile, Super Troopers 2 experiences a near record-breaking drop, and Black Panther claws its way back into the top five.

by | April 29, 2018 | Comments

The Summer Movie Season has just begun but a film has already staked a claim on becoming its champion. Avengers: Infinity War exploded into theaters with another favorable rating from critics on the Tomatometer at 84%. As stated in this column last week – “do not be surprised if the film opens to the third (maybe second) highest opening weekend ever, reclaiming the Marvel record while Black Panther continues to linger in the Top Ten for its 11th straight week.” More on the latter below, but Infinity War did much better than predicted. Not only has it already outgrossed Justice League in just three days, but if the estimates hold, it has just bested The Force Awakens to have the largest opening weekend of all-time. Now it becomes a question of just how far it will climb the charts from here.

King of the Crop: Infinity War Nearly Claims All-Time Record

(Photo by Marvel Studios)

Avengers: Infinity War generated $39 million in ticket sales on Thursday, which was the fourth highest ever, behind the last two Star Wars films ($57 & $45 million, respectively) and the final Harry Potter film ($43.5 million). The film’s Friday (which included the Thursday previews) became the third-best ever, and by the end of the weekend, it jumped to the top spot. The first thing that stands out is that every film that has opened to more than $200 million has cracked the $600 million barrier (Titanic and Avatar round out the exclusive seven films to achieve that.) Is there anything standing in its way to stop it? This is where the decision to move up the release date from May 4 to Apr. 27 is likely to pay off for Marvel and Disney.

Looming in the back half of May are Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story, both likely to open well over $100 million. The top earners after 21 days in release break down as such: The Force Awakens ($770.3 million), The Last Jedi ($548.9) Jurassic World ($527.3), Black Panther ($520.8) and The Avengers ($476.6). Except for The Last Jedi’s 67.5% drop, the second weekends for the other films fell between 39.8-50.3%. So even an average drop next week would mean an $118 million weekend for Infinity War against three films (Tully, Overboard, Bad Samaritan) all scheduled for launches in fewer than 2000 theaters. Its third weekend challengers will be Melissa McCarthy in Life of the Party and Gabrielle Union in Breaking In. Anything less than $500 million by the time Deadpool 2 takes over would be a shock. Add in a late boost by Memorial Day weekend and anything less than $600 million overall at this point would be a stunner.

Fresh Surprise: Black Panther Leaps Back into the Top Five

(Photo by Marvel Studios)

Black Panther did not just survive for an 11th straight week in the Top Ten, it jumped back into the Top Five. Seeing as it is likely to spend at least two more weeks on the list — marking the first film to achieve 13 consecutive weeks in the Top Ten since La La Land and Zootopia there is a legitimate chance that it passes the $700 million mark domestically at the box office. Its $1.33 billion worldwide remains 10th all-time and will pass The Last Jedi this week and, likely, Harry Potter 7.2, though Infinity War is likely to leapfrog it even if it falls short of its domestic total. The new Avengers film is at $630 million worldwide already.

Rotten Returns: Broken Lizard Has A Great Fall

(Photo by Fox Searchlight Pictures)

Last week it was in the fresh surprise category. This week Super Troopers 2 justly moved into the Rotten Returns section. Not because the film is not a success — at $21.7 million it is the highest-grossing Broken Lizard film ever. But on a $13.5 million production budget (higher than the $4.4 million it crowdfunded) this was not the drop it was looking for. The 76.3% fall puts Super Troopers 2 on the all-time drop list for films opening in over 2,000 theaters. It joins Collide (-88.5%), Gigli (-81.9%), 2009’s Friday the 13th (-80.4%), All Eyez On Me (-78.0%),  From Justin to Kelly (-77.0%), and Star Trek: Nemesis (-76.2%). Yikes! Collide suffered when it was pulled from over half its theaters after its first week, so even that number is a little skewed. At this rate though, Super Troopers 2 could disappear from the Top Ten entirely by next weekend.

Beyond the Top 10: Disobedience Leads Limited Releases

(Photo by Bleecker Street)

Bleecker Street opened the Rachel Weisz/Rachel McAdams drama, Disobedience, in just five theaters and it made a healthy $200,000. That is better than the studio’s previous five-theater gambits, Eye in the Sky ($113,803), Denial (also with Weisz) ($93,728) , Trumbo ($74,177) and Danny Collins ($72.459). Each of those films went on to semi-wide releases. Bleecker Street also maintains a remarkable track record with critics: Only two of their 22 releases (The Last Word and Just Getting Started) failed to rate over 60% at Rotten Tomatoes. Their upcoming releases, On Chesil Beach (63%) and Leave No Trace (95%), currently maintain that streak. Disobedience’s $48,255 per-theater-average was second only to Infinity War’s $55,878. (The Force Awakens’ PTA was $59,982.) IFC’s Let the Sunshine In with Juliette Binoche was third with a $20,134 PTA.

This Time Last Year: Fate Reigned, but Audiences Ventured Outside America

The Fate of the Furious held firm at #1 for a third straight weekend. But it was the duo of How to Be a Latin Lover (from Eugenio Derbez, the upcoming star of the Overboard remake) and Baahubali 2: The Conclusion that bested the Emma Watson/Tom Hanks adaptation of The Circle, which managed just $9 million and a 16% Tomatometer score.

On the Vine: Derbez & Theron Battle To Become Runner-Up to Avengers

(Photo by Pantelion Films)

Pantelion’s gender-reversed remake of Garry Marshall’s Overboard with Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris taking over the roles of Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, respectively, opens in around 1,500 theaters. Derbez’s How to Be a Latin Lover opened to $12.2 million in just 1,202 theaters last April, so it could be looking at a decent total, high enough to grab the #2 slot. Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s Tully with Charlize Theron gets launched in around 1,200 theaters, and if Focus handles the expansion right, it could turn it into the kind of adult counterprogramming in May that Jon Favreau’s Chef was in 2014. Finally there is Dean Devlin’s thriller, Bad Samaritan, which will have the widest launch of the week in 1,800 theaters. It will be the second attempt from Electric Entertainment at a wide release. Their last was LBJ in 2017 which grossed just $2.4 million in 659 theaters. Expect Overboard and Tully to draw more interest while everyone awaits the over/under on $125 million for Infinity War next weekend.

The Full Top 10: April 20-22

1. Avengers: Infinity War – $250 million ($250 million total)
2. A Quiet Place – $10.6 million ($148.1 million total)
3. I Feel Pretty – $8.1 million ($29.5 million total)
4. Rampage – $7.1 million ($77.9 million total)
5. Black Panther – $4.3 million ($688 million total)
6. Super Troopers 2 – $3.6 million ($22 million total)
7. Truth or Dare – $3.2 million ($35.3 million total)
8. Blockers – $2.9 million ($53.2 million total)
9. Ready Player One – $2.4 million ($130.6 million total)
10. Traffik – $1.6 million ($6.7 million total)

Erik Childress can be heard each week evaluating box office on WGN Radio with Nick Digilio as well as on Business First AM with Angela Miles and his Movie Madness Podcast.

[box office figures via Box Office Mojo]

Tag Cloud

unscripted video Brie Larson romance foreign Mary Poppins Returns GIFs Writers Guild of America Fall TV spain Horror FXX Hallmark latino Tarantino The CW Pop TV video on demand asian-american Musicals finale comic game of thrones HBO Sundance slashers Crunchyroll Binge Guide Cannes Turner cooking Box Office SundanceTV TCA Awards Ovation Super Bowl HBO Go blockbuster Pixar Sundance TV Apple cancelled TV series Animation 2018 breaking bad Hallmark Christmas movies TNT Crackle movie sequels nbcuniversal 2019 21st Century Fox cinemax Mindy Kaling Pop Academy Awards adventure ghosts IFC Fox News comedies YouTube Premium green book Netflix YouTube Countdown Infographic Kids & Family book Creative Arts Emmys Lifetime Christmas movies President YouTube Red Reality Avengers festivals south america X-Men The Arrangement spanish language TCM war historical drama disaster based on movie MTV thriller Marathons TruTV Amazon reviews 2016 quibi boxoffice Fantasy theme song IFC Films ratings Rocky Apple TV Plus Nat Geo OWN psycho Tomatazos DirecTV toy story technology space indiana jones Epix AMC Winter TV Song of Ice and Fire independent criterion PaleyFest anime dc Women's History Month Bravo Paramount political drama Stephen King diversity zero dark thirty Netflix Christmas movies Peacock universal monsters screen actors guild MCU docudrama See It Skip It Apple TV+ children's TV indie Opinion Warner Bros. Musical cancelled spider-man Pirates TCA 2017 Amazon Prime Video chucky Superheroes screenings Biopics Podcast directors casting HBO Max nfl sitcom Holidays cancelled television Arrowverse laika American Society of Cinematographers Anna Paquin Superheroe Premiere Dates franchise Sci-Fi emmy awards hispanic National Geographic concert 007 transformers psychological thriller LGBT Nickelodeon PlayStation Holiday RT21 Emmys football Captain marvel obituary Western a nightmare on elm street spy thriller 72 Emmy Awards History DGA anthology Rock comics zombie Comics on TV TV scorecard name the review series Hear Us Out Toys RT History Ellie Kemper TBS Tubi Sundance Now 2020 tv talk animated zombies Dark Horse Comics Mystery Lionsgate free movies romantic comedy crime thriller Rocketman mission: impossible halloween Valentine's Day Action Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Comedy Central FX Extras Travel Channel rotten Star Wars Black History Month Character Guide 2015 Sneak Peek Syfy LGBTQ Adult Swim true crime films batman Reality Competition TIFF cults crime classics Christmas game show nature facebook First Reviews cancelled TV shows Shudder 2017 Nominations Disney Plus parents dogs Columbia Pictures Heroines sports Film die hard best CBS All Access renewed TV shows Watching Series Spectrum Originals singing competition Music Oscars E3 FX on Hulu comiccon The Walking Dead Showtime Lucasfilm sag awards award winner Best and Worst Awards Tour robots Mary poppins cats harry potter cartoon rotten movies we love YA El Rey Thanksgiving Comic Book cars jamie lee curtis Red Carpet USA Set visit Logo travel BET Awards justice league SDCC Cosplay versus Photos canceled 4/20 teaser ABC Family crossover science fiction stoner elevated horror CNN serial killer Hulu Black Mirror TV Land Marvel Studios reboot Summer Chilling Adventures of Sabrina festival Quiz Mudbound TLC Elton John Family Schedule Video Games Baby Yoda toronto Funimation 24 frames Awards Lifetime WarnerMedia canceled TV shows USA Network Emmy Nominations ABC WGN Trailer Rom-Com dceu Walt Disney Pictures vampires 45 supernatural adaptation Chernobyl Disney streaming service aliens television 20th Century Fox Classic Film First Look Esquire Discovery Channel police drama stop motion ESPN kids MSNBC TCA Winter 2020 Amazon Studios Britbox sequel documentaries Comedy worst movies joker blaxploitation Television Academy ITV Ghostbusters Spike SXSW PBS Certified Fresh Sony Pictures BAFTA talk show Calendar mutant BBC One CW Seed doctor who Food Network BET Freeform 71st Emmy Awards Teen Paramount Network dramedy Film Festival Interview Television Critics Association GoT E! DC Comics spinoff TV renewals BBC America DC Universe christmas movies Trivia cops Amazon Prime composers what to watch golden globes fast and furious remakes scary movies medical drama Trophy Talk OneApp Marvel Television Disney period drama worst stand-up comedy NBC Spring TV The Purge FOX satire hist Shondaland Disney+ Disney Plus dark A24 revenge Universal superhero venice Mary Tyler Moore San Diego Comic-Con Country Starz Masterpiece Vudu Polls and Games twilight Martial Arts GLAAD Drama streaming VOD VH1 Cartoon Network dragons Endgame richard e. Grant The Witch CBS politics news child's play mockumentary Acorn TV Year in Review discovery Winners New York Comic Con witnail Pet Sematary VICE social media crime drama Turner Classic Movies Grammys Disney Channel Star Trek natural history Tumblr strong female leads critics Pride Month biography DC streaming service A&E hollywood all-time CMT Marvel binge miniseries APB documentary Election NYCC movies BBC TCA werewolf