Avengers rule the box office for the third week in a row


Los Angeles — Avengers: Infinity War is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theatres, easily beating out the mom-themed fare.

The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates that Infinity War has added $61.8m from North American theatres bringing its total domestic earnings to $547.8m. Globally the film has now grossed over $1.6bn — $200m of which was from its massive opening in China this weekend. It's now the fifth highest grossing film of all time worldwide.

The superhero blockbuster overpowered newcomers like the Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party and the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In, both of which were strategically timed to debut on Mother's Day weekend. Both films drew overwhelmingly female audiences, too.

In a distant second, Life of the Party earned an estimated $18.5m, which is a few million short of some of McCarthy's other comedy collaborations with husband Ben Falcone like Tammy and The Boss. It also got similarly mixed reviews from critics. The Warner Bros. release stars McCarthy as a woman who decides to go back to college with her daughter.


The studio is "thrilled" with the results.

"Its escapist movie palace fare," said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros.' president of domestic distribution.

The modestly budgeted Breaking In took third place with $16.5 million, over-performing most industry expectations despite lackluster reviews. The film stars Union as a mom who has to fight to save her kids from a group of home invaders.

"It's an edge-of-the-seat thriller that you may not always associate with Mother's Day, but it worked extraordinarily well," said Jim Orr, Universal's president of domestic theatrical distribution.

The Universal Pictures release is just the latest in a long string of successful collaborations with producer Will Packer, who also produced Girl's Trip and the Ride Along films.

"We have a great partner in Will Packer and Breaking In is another example of his very talented approach and our mutual success," Orr said.

Also benefiting from the Mother's Day timing was Overboard, which earned $10.1m to take fourth place, down only 31 percent from its debut last weekend. And rounding out the top five was A Quiet Place with $6.4m. The John Krasinski-directed thriller has now earned $169.6m domestically.

"This is a typical Mother's Day weekend with a big blockbuster in the mix and some counter programming thrown in for good measure as we await the arrival of Deadpool 2 next week," said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

Because of the massive success of Infinity War, the box office is up 4.9 percent for the year, and a slew of blockbusters coming up are hoping to continue the success, including Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story just one week later.