Battle at the Box Office 5/21

The latest shenanigans of Wade Wilson managed to push Thanos and The Avengers out of the top spot at the box office this past weekend.

Deadpool 2 took in $125 million, which gave it the second best R rated opening ever behind the first Deadpool and the second best opening ever for the X-Men franchise behind, again, the original Deadpool.  It was also the second best ever opening for Fox as a studio behind, yet again, the original Deadpool. Deadpool 2 also made $176 million internationally, giving it an overall worldwide debut of $301 million.

Infinity War dropped to second place with another $28.7 million, bringing its domestic total to over $595 million and its worldwide total to over $1.8 billion.  It’s now the 8th best domestic release of all time and the fourth highest grossing worldwide release of all time. Adjusted for inflation, it’s the 50th highest grossing film ever, sitting between The Robe and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.

Trying to counter-program, Book Club took third place with $12.5 million, grabbing the older female demographic that was not in the mood for some raunchy superhero comedy.  It topped the openings of similar style comedies like Going in Style and Just Getting Started from last year.

Life of the Party and Breaking In rounded out the top 5, both losing around 60% from last weekend and pulling in another $7.7 and $6.5 million respectively.

Further down the list, Show Dogs had one of the worst ever openings for a movie in over 3,000 theaters with $6.034 million.  It’s sitting between The Wild Thornberrys Movie and Quest for Camelot on the all time worst opening list.  It was a worst opening than even Nine Lives and in the “Live Action Talking Animal” genre, it’s down with Babe: Pig in the City and Paulie as far as openings go.

RGB also remained strong in tenth place as the documentary gained 196 more theaters and made another $1.3 million for $3.8 million for its three weeks out in limited release.

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