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‘Avengers’ winning streak not threatened by ‘Life of the Party’

UPDATED: Sun., May 13, 2018

This image released by Marvel Studios shows, front row from left, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson and Sebastian Stan in a scene from “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios)
This image released by Marvel Studios shows, front row from left, Danai Gurira, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson and Sebastian Stan in a scene from “Avengers: Infinity War.” (Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios)
By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde Los Angeles Times

“Avengers: Infinity War” easily retained the No. 1 spot at the domestic box office for a third straight weekend, adding $61.8 million in ticket sales. What’s more, the Disney/Marvel film launched to more than $200 million in China, giving it a global haul of more than $343 million over the weekend.

All told, “Infinity War’s” to-date North American total stands at $547.8 million. It continues to set records, as its global tally of about $1.608 billion makes it the highest-grossing superhero film at the worldwide box office.

The Warner Bros. comedy “Life of the Party” had a respectable landing, even if no piece of Mother’s Day weekend counterprogramming was able to truly challenge the superheroes. The Melissa McCarthy film debuted at No. 2 with $18.5 million.

Heading into the weekend, the movie, which follows a middle-aged woman who begins attending her daugther’s university after a divorce, was expected to earn between $17 million and $22 million. The picture earned relatively lackluster reviewers – it currently holds a 44 percent rotten rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomates – but audiences graded it a B, according to polling firm Cinemascore.

The weekend’s other top 10 newcomer, Universal Pictures’ PG-13 suspense film “Breaking In,” bowed with $16.5 million. The movie, starring Gabrielle Union as a mother who must rescue her two children from a hostage situation, ever-so-slightly bested pre-release predictions of $15 million. Yet reviewers were unkind, as its Rotten Tomatoes ranking stands at a paltry 27 percent.

Coming in at No. 4 was the lighthearted comedy “Overboard,” which added $10 million in its second weekend for a total of $29.6 million.

In the fifth spot is Paramount’s “A Quiet Place,” which has now survived six weekends in the top five. Over the weekend, the thriller directed by John Krasinski added $6.4 million to bring its to-date tally to $169.5 million. The film, a steady and somewhat unexpected hit, already has a sequel in the works; it’s also been parodied by “Saturday Night Live.”

STX’s “I Feel Pretty,” starring Amy Schumer, landed at No. 6 after bringing in an additional $3.7 million. Now in its fourth weekend, the movie has earned a cumulative $43.9 million.

Warner Bros.’ video game-inspired vehicle “Rampage,” which stars Dwayne Johnson, earned $3.4 million, for a total of $89.7 million.

The Diablo Cody-scripted and Jason Reitman-directed “Tully” from Focus Features, in its second week, sits at No. 8 after bringing in $2.2 million for a $7 million total.

“Black Panther,” despite already being available digitally, is managing to hang around in the top 10, finding itself at No. 9 over the weekend, where it brought in an additional $1.9 million. In 13 weeks of release, the movie has tallied an incredible $696.2 million.

Universal’s “Blockers” rounds out the top 10 with $1.1 million, giving the comedy a total of $58.1 million.

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