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Monday Update:


Fox’s superhero sequel proved the franchise was hardly “dead,” as Deadpool 2 opened atop the box office with $125.5 million.


While that was about 5 percent behind the original Deadpool from 2016, that film had the benefit of both the President’s Day holiday and Valentine’s Day, rendering comparisons somewhat inexact.


The two Deadpool films now take both the top two slots in the ranking of higher R-rated opening weekends of all time. (Adjusted for ticket price inflation, the original remains #1, but the sequel falls to #4 behind also The Matrix Reloaded and last year’s It.)



Elsewhere at the box office:



The top film for the past three straight weekends, fellow superhero sequel Avengers: Infinity War, drops to second place with $29.4 million.
Paramount’s counter-programmer Book Club, aimed primarily at women over 40, debuted in third place with $13.5 million.
Global Road Entertainment’s family-friendly Show Dogs started a bit behind expectations, with $6.0 million and sixth place.

Comparisons


Total box office this weekend was $204.9 million.


That’s 51.0 percent above last weekend. It’s also 68.3 percent above this same weekend last year, when Alien: Covenant led with $36.1 million.


Total year-to-date box office stands at $4.56 billion, or 6.9 percent above this same date last year. That’s an improvement from the +5.3 percent that the YTD box office stood after last weekend. It’s also the highest percentage that 2018’s box office has stood relative to 2017 since mid-March.


Our table of weekend actuals is below, after our Sunday update featuring fuller analysis.



Sunday Update:


Deadpool 2 reigned supreme this weekend at the North American box office, dethroning three-time champ Avengers: Infinity War with a sizzling $125 million debut. While it’s an impressive opening, the R-rated superhero sequel came in at the lower end of expectations and failed to unseat its predecessor for the title of top R-rated opening of all time in North America.


From its opening day, the 20th Century Fox release was already making its way into the record books. Its Thursday night preview gross of $18.6 million was the highest-ever for an R-rated film (and only a shade behind more family-friendly blockbusters like The Avengers and Jurassic World), and its gross on Friday was also the highest R-rated opening day take in history, topping It‘s $50.4 million (as well as the first Deadpool‘s $47.3 million). The film’s take was boosted by an enormous screen count of 4,349, a record for both an R-rated movie and 20th Century Fox.


As standalone superhero sequels go, Deadpool 2 is somewhat unusual in that it it grossed less than the first film did in its opening weekend. It’s more typical for such sequels to surpass the opening weekend of their predecessor take by a significantly wide margin, which suggests the first Deadpool did a fantastic job of wooing its core fanbase out of the gate the first time around (and obviously they liked the results, as they mostly ended up coming back for more).


Deadpool 2 was certainly helped along by positive critical notices (it currently stands at an 84% “Certified Fresh” rating, about even with the first film), the studio’s clever, no-holds-barred marketing campaign, and excellent word-of-mouth (the Cinemascore is an “A” and its Rotten Tomatoes audience rating is 85%). That said, it was more frontloaded than the first entry, dropping a sizable 24 percent from Friday to Saturday as opposed to Deadpool‘s 10 percent. It will be interesting to see how Deadpool 2 holds up in its sophomore frame, particularly with Solo: A Star Wars Story set to drop next weekend.


Falling to second place for the first time, Avengers: Infinity War brought in an estimated $28.7 million in its fourth go-round, bringing its domestic total to a titanic $595 million. The film obviously took a sizable hit from the Merc with a Mouth this weekend, falling 53 percent, but luckily it was able to enjoy three full weekends of play with no major competitors in the marketplace. It won’t be long before the superhero blockbuster surpasses both Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620.1 million) and the first Avengers ($623.3 million) to become the sixth highest-grossing movie of all time in North America.


Third place went to Paramount’s Book Club, which brought in a healthy $12.5 million in its opening frame. The comedy starring Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Keaton, and Candice Bergen was squarely aimed at older women (a.k.a. those who aren’t likely clamoring to see Deadpool 2), and that proved to be a smart feat of counter-programming on the part of the studio. The audience breakdown on this one was about what you’d expect, with 80 percent women, 88 percent over the age of 35, and nearly 50 percent women over the age of 50.


Compared with other recent releases aimed at the same general audience, Book Club‘s opening is about on par with last year’s Going in Style ($11.9 million opening), while it came in several million shy of 2015’s The Intern ($17.7 million). Though critics were decidedly mixed, the positive “A-” CinemaScore could suggest a leggy run ahead for the film, which has few competitors in the marketplace currently.


The weekend’s other wide opener, the family-oriented Show Dogs, withered with a scant $6 million in sixth place in its first go-round. Unlike Book Club, the Global Road release did not prove to be an effective counter-programmer against Deadpool. It was likely hurt by negative reviews (it currently sits at a dismal 26% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) and the fact that unlike some of the most successful recent family films, its marketing failed to offer anything that might woo parents as well as kids (the attachment of Arrested Development star Will Arnett notwithstanding).


Show Dogs‘ opening is similar to last year’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, which debuted to $7.1 million on the pre-Memorial Day weekend last year before going on to a final gross of $20.7 million. It’s certainly not a good sign that even with so few viable family movies currently in release, Show Dogs couldn’t manage to capture a bigger audience.


Coming in fourth was Warner Bros.’ Life of the Party, which dropped a sizable 56 percent to $7.7 million in its second frame for a total of $31 million so far. Even compared with 2016’s The Boss – up to now McCarthy’s lowest-grossing starring vehicle to date – the numbers are dreary. It’s currently off 22 percent from that film at the same point in its run, further suggesting that audiences are tiring of the type of broad comedy vehicles that once minted gold for the once-unstoppable star.


Also dropping precipitously from its opening frame was Universal’s Breaking In, which took fifth place with an estimated $6.4 million in weekend two. That’s a fairly sizable-but-not-unexpected 63 percent drop for the Gabrielle Union thriller, whose total now stands at $28.7 million after ten days. The film is pacing a few million below Tyler Perry’s Acrimony, which had $31.6 million in the bank at the same point in its run. With a reported production budget of just $6 million, this is a healthy result for the Will Packer-produced title, which managed to nearly equal Life of the Party last weekend despite debuting on roughly 1,000 fewer screens.


In seventh place, Lionsgate/Pantelion’s Overboard took in an estimated $4.7 million in its third weekend, bringing its total to $36.9 million. Eighth went to A Quiet Place, which spent its seventh weekend in the Top 10 with $4 million, bringing the Paramount blockbuster’s total to $176.1 million.


Rounding out the Top 10, Warner Bros./New Line’s Rampage took in an estimated $1.5 million in ninth for a total of $92.4 million after six weeks, while in tenth place I Feel Pretty grossed an estimated $1.2 million in its fifth weekend for a grand total of $46.5 million.


Limited Release:


A24’s First Reformed, the acclaimed drama from writer-director Paul Schrader, opened to a stellar $100,270 on just 4 screens, giving it a fantastic per-screen average of $25,067. The film, which stars Ethan Hawke as a former military chaplain grieving over the death of his son, will expand in the coming weeks.


Also in limited release, the 50th anniversary 70mm rerelease of 2001: A Space Odyssey grossed an estimated $200,000 on four screens, giving it a per-screen average of $50,000. Warner Bros. struck a new, unrestored 70mm print of the film from the original camera negative for the rerelease, an enticing prospect for super-fans of the Stanley Kubrick classic.


Overseas Update:


Deadpool 2 opened to a massive $176 million internationally, in the process becoming Fox International’s highest opening weekend of all time, surpassing the $174 million X-Men: Days of Future Past grossed in 2014 (a number that also included China, where Deadpool 2 has yet to premiere). That’s significantly higher than the first Deadpool, which opened to $132.3 million internationally back in 2016. With an estimated $301 million worldwide, it’s an auspicious start for the superhero sequel, which shot to No. 1 in every market in which it was released.


[Read more here.]


Avengers: Infinity War continued to dominate internationally with $113.1 million. That number includes $53.7 million in China, where it has surpassed $300 million in just ten days. That already makes it the fourth highest-grossing Western release in Chinese history and the highest-grossing Marvel release ever in the country. With $1.814 billion worldwide, the MCU blockbuster is currently the fourth highest-grossing film of all time globally as well as the highest-grossing superhero film of all time.



Weekend Actuals (Domestic)
FRI, MAY. 18 – SUN, MAY. 20


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Deadpool 2
$125,507,153

4,349

$28,859
$125,507,153
1
Fox


2
Avengers: Infinity War
$29,452,903
-53%
4,002
-472
$7,360
$595,813,862
4
Disney


3
Book Club
$13,582,231

2,781

$4,884
$13,582,231
1
Paramount Pictures


4
Life Of The Party
$7,603,850
-57%
3,656
0
$2,080
$30,915,357
2
Warner Bros. / New Line


5
Breaking In
$6,826,385
-61%
2,537
0
$2,691
$29,106,095
2
Universal Pictures


6
Show Dogs
$6,023,972

3,212

$1,875
$6,023,972
1
Global Road Entertainment


7
Overboard
$4,625,858
-53%
1,820
-186
$2,542
$36,874,428
3
Lionsgate / Pantelion


8
A Quiet Place
$3,944,442
-39%
2,327
-817
$1,695
$176,080,755
7
Paramount


9
Rampage
$1,577,260
-54%
1,466
-1082
$1,076
$92,500,589
6
Warner Bros


10
I Feel Pretty
$1,265,813
-67%
1,505
-1353
$841
$46,604,270
5
STX Entertainment





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
RBG
$1,252,920
5%
378
194
$3,315
$3,853,686
3
Magnolia Pictures


2
Super Troopers 2
$1,216,470
24%
478
-901
$2,545
$29,028,826
5
20th Century Fox


3
Black Panther
$860,442
-59%
935
-435
$920
$697,822,227
14
Disney


4
Tully
$560,020
-75%
670
-686
$836
$8,430,545
3
Focus Features


5
Disobedience
$521,915
24%
247
147
$2,113
$1,901,655
4
Bleecker Street


6
Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
$507,870

346

$1,468
$507,870
1
Focus Features


7
Blockers
$462,580
-59%
439
-672
$1,054
$59,038,055
7
Universal


8
Ready Player One
$365,484
-59%
388
-416
$942
$135,292,094
8
Warner Bros. / DreamWorks


9
Isle of Dogs
$344,866
-68%
288
-758
$1,197
$30,743,143
9
Fox Searchlight


10
Sherlock Gnomes
$297,486
-27%
419
-189
$710
$42,216,688
9
Paramount / MGM


11
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
$250,845
-73%
380
-889
$660
$40,287,855
6
Universal


12
I Can Only Imagine
$171,390
-57%
274
-155
$626
$82,818,957
10
Roadside Attractions


13
A Wrinkle in Time
$160,746
-86%
230
-1754
$699
$97,366,188
11
Walt Disney Pictures


14
102 Not Out
$134,416
-54%
102
0
$1,318
$1,215,143
3
Sony Pictures Releasing International


15
Chappaquiddick
$86,561
-65%
150
-167
$577
$17,171,473
7
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures


16
Peter Rabbit
$67,311
-33%
145
-34
$464
$115,045,409
15
Sony / Columbia


17
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
$67,282
-67%
116
-141
$580
$43,385,631
8
Lionsgate


18
Tomb Raider
$65,701
-43%
134
-26
$490
$57,333,205
10
Warner Bros.


19
Game Night
$60,278
-48%
121
-37
$498
$68,838,771
13
Warner Bros.


20
The Miracle Season
$45,831
-63%
101
-133
$454
$10,017,545
7
LD Entertainment





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
2001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)
$202,759

4

$50,690
$202,759
1
Warner Bros.


2
Pandas
$124,213
13%
35
0
$3,549
$1,379,297
7
Warner Bros.


3
Beast
$102,079
92%
31
27
$3,293
$181,093
2
Roadside Attractions


4
Nothing to Lose (2018)
$98,094
-86%
44
-25
$2,229
$937,530
2
Swen


5
First Reformed
$97,562

4

$24,391
$97,562
1
A24


6
Let The Sunshine In
$86,557
-22%
48
14
$1,803
$391,661
4
IFC Films


7
The Death of Stalin
$55,060
-57%
45
-85
$1,224
$7,808,061
11
IFC Films


8
Traffik
$48,716
-82%
81
-300
$601
$9,079,213
5
Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films


9
Red Sparrow
$36,832
197%
22
-10
$1,674
$46,826,445
12
20th Century Fox


10
On Chesil Beach
$35,765

4

$8,941
$35,765
1
Bleecker Street


11
The Greatest Showman
$34,127
-44%
67
-22
$509
$173,947,134
22
Fox


12
Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle
$30,609
-38%
67
-31
$457
$404,468,712
22
Sony / Columbia


13
Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of Jean-Michel Basquiat
$27,649
22%
11
9
$2,514
$65,690
2
Magnolia Pictures


14
You Were Never Really Here
$27,119
-68%
32
-70
$847
$2,448,819
7
Amazon Studios


15
Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero
$22,293
-58%
30
-79
$743
$3,054,285
6
Fun Academy


16
Paul, Apostle of Christ
$21,430
-58%
59
-53
$363
$17,547,999
9
Sony Pictures Entertainment


17
Beirut
$18,999
-69%
15
-52
$1,267
$4,953,166
6
Bleecker Street


18
Lean on Pete
$17,702
-76%
44
-85
$402
$1,121,841
7
A24


19
Bad Samaritan
$16,190
-97%
48
-1498
$337
$3,424,744
3
Electric Entertainment


20
Death Wish
$15,043
-22%
25
2
$602
$33,997,862
12
MGM


21
A Bag Of Marbles
$14,584
-42%
11
-4
$1,326
$307,999
9
Gaumont


22
Always at the Carlyle
$13,204
43%
7
6
$1,886
$28,382
2
Good Deed Entertainment


23
Love, Simon
$13,188
-67%
32
-71
$412
$40,733,984
10
20th Century Fox


24
Grace Jones: Bloodlight and Bami
$12,979
-45%
16
-14
$811
$312,271
6
Kino Lorber


25
Finding Your Feet
$12,737
-69%
30
-31
$425
$1,374,248
8
Roadside Attractions


26
Filmworker
$11,196
40%
4
3
$2,799
$32,448
2
Kino Lorber


27
The Guardians
$11,007
25%
7
4
$1,572
$35,958
3
Music Box Films


28
Revenge (2018)
$10,615
-77%
15
-22
$708
$81,973
2
Neon


29
Lu Over the Wall
$6,261
-90%
11
-86
$569
$95,337
2
GKIDS


30
That Summer
$5,977

1

$5,977
$5,977
1
IFC Films


31
Bye Bye Germany
$5,861
1197%
5
3
$1,172
$41,327
6
Film Movement


32
Ferdinand
$5,440
-27%
17
-8
$320
$84,389,759
23
Fox


33
Keep The Change
$5,049
-53%
7
-2
$721
$181,367
10
Kino Lorber


34
The Escape
$4,992

29

$172
$8,901
2
IFC Films


35
The Strangers: Prey At Night
$4,938
-48%
15
-9
$329
$24,428,800
11
Aviron Pictures


36
Zama
$4,826
-26%
7
0
$689
$170,267
6
Strand Releasing


37
1945
$4,407
-66%
8
-8
$551
$667,929
29
Menemsha Films


38
The Day After
$3,824
-15%
3
2
$1,275
$11,738
2
Cinema Guild


39
Godard Mon Amour
$3,729
-64%
10
-2
$373
$78,401
5
Cohen Media Group


40
Ghost Stories
$3,406
-79%
9
-7
$378
$132,887
5
IFC Films / IFC Midnight


41
Little Pink House
$3,249
-81%
5
-8
$650
$185,812
5



42
Cold Water
$2,587
168%
1
0
$2,587
$19,979
4
Janus Films


43
Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story
$2,466
-64%
6
-5
$411
$812,807
26
Zeitgeist


44
Getting Grace
$2,296
-70%
3
-1
$765
$214,781
9
Hannover House


45
The Desert Bride
$1,658
-49%
4
1
$415
$10,327
3
Strand Releasing


46
The Great Silence
$1,590
512%
1
-1
$1,590
$40,193
8
Film Movement


47
Leaning Into The Wind
$1,501
-69%
4
-8
$375
$381,046
11
Magnolia Pictures


48
Oh Lucy!
$1,448
-82%
3
-10
$483
$362,404
12
Film Movement


49
The Doctor From India
$900
-72%
1
-1
$900
$14,506
5
Kino LorberZeitgeist Films


50
Back to Burgundy
$855
-93%
3
-14
$285
$245,527
9
Music Box Films


51
The Devil and Father Amorth
$720
-84%
1
-3
$720
$20,449
5
The Orchard


52
Hitler’s Hollywood
$702
-86%
3
0
$234
$38,265
6
Kino Lorber


53
Ismael’s Ghosts
$282
-80%
2
-5
$141
$102,286
9
Magnolia Pictures


54
Claire’s Camera
$264
-84%
1
-1
$264
$73,593
11
Cinema Guild


55
Strangers on the Earth
$172

1

$172
$7,452
3
First Run Features


56
On the Beach at Night Alone
$89

1

$89
$36,418
27
Cinema Guild




Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic)
FRI, MAY. 18 – SUN, MAY. 20


WIDE (1000+)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
Deadpool 2
$125,000,000

4,349

$28,742
$125,000,000
1
Fox


2
Avengers: Infinity War
$28,672,000
-54%
4,002
-472
$7,164
$595,032,959
4
Disney


3
Book Club
$12,500,000

2,781

$4,495
$12,500,000
1
Paramount Pictures


4
Life Of The Party
$7,725,000
-57%
3,656
0
$2,113
$31,036,507
2
Warner Bros. / New Line


5
Breaking In
$6,470,000
-63%
2,537
0
$2,550
$28,749,710
2
Universal Pictures


6
Show Dogs
$6,034,770

3,212

$1,879
$6,034,770
1
Global Road Entertainment


7
Overboard
$4,725,000
-52%
1,820
-186
$2,596
$36,973,570
3
Lionsgate / Pantelion


8
A Quiet Place
$4,040,000
-37%
2,327
-817
$1,736
$176,176,313
7
Paramount


9
Rampage
$1,500,000
-57%
1,466
-1082
$1,023
$92,423,329
6
Warner Bros


10
I Feel Pretty
$1,200,000
-68%
1,505
-1353
$797
$46,538,457
5
STX Entertainment





LIMITED (100 — 999)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
RBG
$1,280,000
8%
375
191
$3,413
$3,880,766
3
Magnolia Pictures


2
Super Troopers 2
$1,100,000
12%
478
-901
$2,301
$28,912,356
5
20th Century Fox


3
Black Panther
$823,000
-60%
935
-435
$880
$697,784,785
14
Disney


4
Tully
$570,000
-75%
670
-686
$851
$8,440,525
3
Focus Features


5
Disobedience
$498,612
18%
247
147
$2,019
$1,878,352
4
Bleecker Street


6
Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
$480,000

346

$1,387
$480,000
1
Focus Features


7
Blockers
$400,000
-64%
428
-683
$935
$58,975,475
7
Universal


8
Isle of Dogs
$325,000
-70%
288
-758
$1,128
$30,723,277
9
Fox Searchlight


9
Sherlock Gnomes
$280,000
-31%
419
-189
$668
$42,199,202
9
Paramount / MGM


10
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare
$240,000
-74%
380
-889
$632
$40,277,010
6
Universal


11
I Can Only Imagine
$172,750
-57%
274
-155
$630
$82,820,317
10
Roadside Attractions


12
A Wrinkle in Time
$135,000
-88%
230
-1754
$587
$97,340,442
11
Walt Disney Pictures


13
102 Not Out
$125,000
-57%
102
0
$1,225
$1,205,727
3
Sony Pictures Releasing International


14
Chappaquiddick
$101,000
-60%
150
-167
$673
$17,185,912
7
Entertainment Studios Motion Pictures


15
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony
$70,000
-66%
116
-141
$603
$43,388,349
8
Lionsgate


16
The Miracle Season
$46,500
-63%
101
-133
$460
$10,018,214
7
LD Entertainment





PLATFORM (1 — 99)



#
TITLE
WEEKEND

LOCATIONS

AVG.
TOTAL
WKS.
DIST.




1
2001: A Space Odyssey (2018 re-issue)
$200,000

4

$50,000
$200,000
1
Warner Bros.


2
The Rider
$169,640
-23%
90
5
$1,885
$1,111,954
6
Sony Pictures Classics


3
Beast
$102,250
92%
31
27
$3,298
$181,264
2
Roadside Attractions


4
First Reformed
$100,270

4

$25,068
$100,270
1
A24


5
Let The Sunshine In
$94,602
-15%
49
15
$1,931
$399,663
4
IFC Films


6
The Seagull
$65,949
-17%
13
7
$5,073
$180,865
2
Sony Pictures Classics


7
The Death of Stalin
$61,432
-52%
50
-80
$1,229
$7,813,511
11
IFC Films


8
Traffik
$52,500
-81%
81
-300
$648
$9,082,997
5
Lionsgate / Summit / Codeblack Films


9
On Chesil Beach
$36,563

4

$9,141
$36,563
1
Bleecker Street


10
Finding Your Feet
$15,075
-63%
30
-31
$503
$1,376,586
8
Roadside Attractions


11
Bad Samaritan
$14,500
-97%
48
-1498
$302
$3,423,054
3
Electric Entertainment


12
Always at the Carlyle
$11,999
30%
7
6
$1,714
$27,177
2
Good Deed Entertainment


13
Revenge (2018)
$11,204
-76%
15
-22
$747
$82,562
2
Neon


14
The Guardians
$10,599
20%
7
4
$1,514
$35,550
3
Music Box Films


15
That Summer
$6,018

1

$6,018
$6,018
1
IFC Films


16
Godard Mon Amour
$3,727
-64%
9
-3
$414
$78,400
5
Cohen Media Group


17
Getting Grace
$2,222
-71%
3
-1
$741
$214,707
9
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