Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. This week brings two more sacrificial lambs against Avengers: Infinity War’s third week in theaters.
Unlike Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War only has a three-week grace period to earn most of its box office before it gets hit by a heavyweight challenger starting next week and continuing pretty much for the next two months. The film opens in China this week, so expect a big international haul. The only two contenders opening wide in the states are both getting pretty rancid reviews: Melissa McCarthy’s latest comedy Life of the Party and the Gabrielle Union revenge film Breaking In. Personally, I’d go see Thanos wreck the MCU one more time before Deadpool 2 arrives next week to begin the weekly summer onslaught.
Breaking In (Gabrielle Union, Billy Burke, R, 1hr 28min)
Life of the Party (Melissa McCarthy, Julie Bowen, PG-13, 1hr 45min)
How Did We Do Last Week? KT picked Avengers: Infinity War to easily repeat atop the box office, and the film had the second best second weekend of all-time. Infinity War made $114.8 million in the US and finished literally $100 million ahead of Overboard in #2 with $14.8 million.
After two weeks in theaters, Avengers: Infinity War’s totals stand at $472.06 million domestic and $1.243 billion global. While Infinity War will have a tough time passing Black Panther domestically, with the largest pre-sales in Chinese box office history, it may be the top grossing MCU film internationally by weekend’s end. The film is currently 13th all-time in the US, and should easily crack the top 10 by the end of the weekend. Internationally, the Avengers: Infinity War is 14th all-time, and should leapfrog up as high as #5 by next week. Black Panther is still playing in a lot of theaters, and needs less than $7 million to be the third film in history to crack $700 million in the US.
(2018 Prediction Record: 18-0; Lifetime prediction record 103 – 10).
WHO WILL WIN THE WEEKEND?
Avengers: Infinity War has no trouble three-peating. Deadpool 2 should knock it out of the top spot next week, but nothing is going to come close this weekend.