Big shocker for you: Avengers: Infinity War is still the biggest movie in the world, and it is only getting bigger. Not only is the blockbuster now the record holder for being the fastest film to ever make $1 billion, but it also just had the second biggest second weekend of all time. Check out the full Top 10 below, and join me for analysis after!
With a domestic opening weekend haul of $257.7 million last time around, Avengers: Infinity War was always going to have a massive second weekend, and it didn't disappoint. It wasn't able to break the record previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in late 2015, which would have required a total north of $149 million, but you can't exactly look down on the numbers. The Marvel movie is still riding high on great reviews and its "A" CinemaScore, and the final figures definitely show that. All together now, the new film from directors Joe and Anthony Russo has made $450.8 million domestically, and $1.16 billion globally.
So what's the roof on this? It's hard to say. Avengers: Infinity War has certainly sparked a cultural phenomenon, but as will be discussed in a bit, this was a fairly easy week for the film. Studios were very aware that the Marvel adventure would be a massive hit, and so other major tentpoles were kept at a distance... but that breathing room ends next week. Not only will fans see the arrival of other comic book movie in the form of David Leitch's Deadpool 2 on May 18th (the R-rated comedy is already doing fantastic in pre-sales), but one week later will find Disney dropping the next chapter in the Star Wars franchise: Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Avengers will certainly keep climbing the all-time charts and will probably end up in the Top 10, but its ascent may be a bit slower than if it had been released in a less busy blockbuster season.
As mentioned Avengers: Infinity War didn't exactly face down insane competition this weekend, but there were three other new releases that made their way on to the charts. First up is Rob Greenberg's remake of the Kurt Russell-Goldie Hawn comedy Overboard, which was the only title outside of Avengers that made eight figures or more. The movie didn't exactly have critics on its side, as its currently rocking a 30 percent on Rotten Tomatoes - but audiences are really digging it, and it actually manged to get an "A-" on CinemaScore. Certainly a portion of the box office success can be attributed to the popularity of Eugenio Derbez, who has proven very popular among Latino audiences, and has proven to be a draw.
The story isn't as positive for Jason Retiman's Tully, which was released in 270 fewer theaters than Overboard, and landed only sixth place in its first weekend. The movie wasn't exactly made with a enormous blockbuster budget, but it still seems that it has a road to travel before profits. It's a shame, because its been critically hailed, and I would personally go as far as to say that it's the best movie that Reitman has made so far. Hopefully positive word of mouth will spread and it will get to hang out in the back end of the Top 10 for a little while slowly adding to its domestic total.
Finally we have Dean Devlin's Bad Samaritan, and... there isn't much good news to share. Opening in 10th place, the film was actually released in more theaters than the previous two mentioned, but still only pulled in $1.8 million. It's a shame, given that David Tennant is a talented actor, but this is definitely not the project that is going to turn him into a Hollywood star. Maybe next time.