Box Office: ‘Deadpool 2’ Tops ‘Infinity War’ With $125-M US Open
Superheroes dominate the box office
Over is past weekend as Fox’s Deadpool 2 opened to $125-M domestically and $301-M globally after scoring the biggest foreign debut ever for an R-rated title.
Playing in 4,349 theaters in North America, the widest release in Fox history Deadpool 2, it earned $18.6-M in Thursday-evening previews, followed by $53-M Friday, the Top opening day for an R-rated pic, the sequel earned an A CinemaScore from audiences. The film skewed male (61%), while a pleasing 38% of ticket buyers were under the age of 25.
Deadpool 2 hit theaters as the Fox (NASDAQ:FOXA) film empire prepares for the Disney/21st Century Fox merger easily toppled Disney (NYSE:DIS) and Marvel’s superhero mashup Infinity War from the top spot.
Paramount’s, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) hit horror film A Quiet Place also made bank in China with an opening of nearly $18-M, bringing that movie’s global total to $296.5-M.
Thanks in large part to the strength of Deadpool 2 and Infinity War, domestic revenue was up a huge 64% over the same weekend last year.
Infinity War came in No. 2 over the weekend, followed by Paramount’s adult-skewing, female-fronted Book Club in 3rd place with $12.5-M from 2,781 theaters, slightly ahead of expectations.
The 3rd new nationwide offering of the weekend, Show Dogs came DOA. The family film opened in 6th place with $6-M from 3,145 cinemas.
Both Book Club and Show Dogs earned an A- CinemaScore.
Back in the Top 5 Melissa McCarthy’s Life of the Party fell a steep 57% in its 2nd frame to $7.7-M for a domestic total of $31+, and the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In fell even more in its 2nd outing, dipping 63% to $6.5-M for a 10-day total of $28.7-M.
New openings at the specialty box office
A24’s First Reformed, directed by Paul Schrader. The critically acclaimed film stars Ethan Hawke as a troubled pastor and Amanda Seyfried as a parishioner who comes to him for help.
Opening in 4 locations, First Reformed posted a solid per-screen average of roughly $25,067 upon grossing $100,270.
Days after its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Focus Features’ documentary Pope Francis — A Man of His Word debuted in 346 cinemas in select markets across the US, grossing $480,000 for a per-screen box office average of $1,369.
A 70mm cut of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey scored the Top location average of any film in a special engagement in 4 theaters.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding Saturday was a big draw on TV, a special viewing in theaters did not happen. According to early box office estimates, Fathom’s The Royal Wedding grossed roughly $54,000 from 194 theaters for an average of $278.
Have some fun see a movie this week.
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