'Avengers: Infinity War' stays strong with US$61 million third weekend

'Avengers: Infinity War' stays strong with US$61 million third weekend

The Avengers: Infinity War Plot: An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.

It also became the 21st film ever to hit the milestone in the country and the fifth non-Korean film to do so, following "Avatar" (2009), "Interstellar" (2014), "Frozen" (2014) and "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015).

Sans no competition from another tentpole, Avengers: Infinity War has topped the box office for three consecutive weekends, a veritable eternity in summer, when Hollywood tentpoles generally open one on top of another.

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While Avengers: Infinity War already surpassed the $1 billion threshold earlier this week, the release in China is expected to give earnings a significant boost. That makes it the second-fastest title ever to cross the $500 million mark domestically. Avengers: Infinity War may well end up being the highest grossing "Breakeven" film in history.

In its third weekend, Disney and Marvel's superhero blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War continues to dominate the box office, earning an estimated $61.8 million from 4,474 theaters in the US and Canada while trouncing McCarthy's new comedy Life of the Party and Union's new thriller Breaking In. Both films drew overwhelmingly female audiences, too. The Melissa McCarthy-led, back-to-college comedy "Life of the Party" beat "Breaking In", a thriller about a mom battling a home invasion.

Infinity War opened Friday in China, its final foreign market. The thriller starring Gabrielle Union was only made for around $6 million, but it took in $16.5 million. The low-budget film produced by Will Packer cost approximately $6 million. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, it became the highest-grossing MCU release and joined the Top 20 films ever at the global box office. Additional releases include Paramount's Book Club into ~2,500 theaters; Global Road's animated release Show Dogs into approximately 3,000 theaters; and Focus will debut their documentary Pope Francis - A Man of His Word into ~350 theaters.

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