'Avengers' muscles rivals aside to continue box office dominance

07 May, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Eloise Houston
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After its monstrous, record-breaking opening weekend, there was no question that Avengers: Infinity War would repeat atop the box office, going up against three movies arriving in less than half the theaters Infinity War is playing in.

"Disney and Marvel's latest collaboration earned $112.5 million from 4,474 locations in its second frame", reported Rebecca Rubin of Variety. That makes "Infinity War" the second best sophomore weekend at the US box office, trailing only "The Force Awakens".

"Infinity War" only barely edged out Disney's "Star Wars: The power Awakens", which spanned the milestone in 12 days. And the film has yet to open in China.

It's a 56 percent drop from its first weekend in theaters - less steep than the second weekend fall of "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (59.4 percent) or "Captain America: Civil War" (59.5 percent), but more than "Black Panther's" uniquely soft 44.7 percent sophomore weekend decline.

"Infinity War" is set to be just the fifth movie ever to earn more than $100 million in its second weekend at US theaters. Only three movies have achieved that number before: the aforementioned box office juggernaut, Avatar, Titanic, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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The comic book film unites the Avengers, the "Guardians of the Galaxy" and several different properties, including "Black Panther" and "Spider-Man" into one blockbuster. Critics ripped apart the new version starring Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris.

"Overboard" is now averaging a bleak 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. In four weeks, its domestic total is $84.7 million.

Slipping to No. 3 in its fifth weekend is Paramount Picture's "A Quiet Place".

Rounding out the top five is Dwayne Johnson's "Rampage". The comedy-drama directed by Jason Reitman and written by Diablo Cody has garnered a solid 89 per cent certified rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Both Tully and Bad Samaritan had rather small opening weekends, but they still did well enough to make it into the top 10.

The new "Avengers" movie has helped turned around the year's box office fortunes, turning from negative territory to up 5.1 percent over the same period last year, according to ComScore. The horror thriller features Robert Sheehan as a burglar who disturbs a kidnapping and faces the wrath of the kidnapper, played by David Tennant.

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