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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is taking a bite out of the box office.

In its opening weekend, the fifth installment in Universal Pictures’ blockbuster franchise about cloned dinosaurs running amok is on track to earn about $150 million in ticket sales from 4,475 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, claiming the No. 1 spot with ease.

That figure exceeds industry projections, which had it in the $130 million to $140 million range, and it marks Universal’s second-highest domestic debut ever (not adjusting for inflation), behind only the first Jurassic World, which bowed to $208.8 million in 2015. Fallen Kingdom is therefore coming in about 28 percent lower than its predecessor, a film that went on to earn $1.67 billion in global ticket sales.

Overseas, Fallen Kingdom will add about $106.7 million this weekend, bringing its international total to $561.5 million. The film started rolling out across the globe two weeks ago.

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), Fallen Kingdom cost about $170 million to produce and finds returning stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard trying to rescue an island full of resurrected dinosaurs from an impending volcanic eruption. The cast also includes B.D. Wong, Jeff Goldblum, Rafe Spall, Justice Smith and Daniella Pineda.

Critics’ reviews were decidedly mixed, though audiences gave Fallen Kingdom an A-minus CinemaScore, suggesting the film will have decent staying power.


Dropping down to second place this weekend is Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2, with an estimated $80.9 million. That represents a decline of 56 percent from last week’s record-setting debut and brings the sequel’s domestic total to $350.3 million after 10 days in theaters ($485.1 million worldwide).

Arriving 14 years after The Incredibles — which grossed $261.4 million in the U.S. and Canada over its entire run — Incredibles 2 picks up right where the first film left off, with the Parr family fighting to save the day and restore the public’s trust in superheroes. Reviews for have been almost unanimously positive, and audiences gave it an A-plus CinemaScore.

Rounding out the top five this weekend are Warner Bros’. female-led heist movie Ocean’s 8, with about $11.7 million; the same studio’s R-rated comedy Tag, with about $8.2 million; and Fox’s superhero sequel Deadpool 2, with about $5.3 million.

In limited release, Focus Features’ Mister Rogers documentary Won’t You Be My Neighbor? will break into the top 10 in its third weekend, with about $1.9 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 8.5 percent year-to-date. Check out the June 22-24 figures below.

1. Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom — $150 million
2. Incredibles 2 — $80.9 million
3. Ocean’s 8 — $11.7 million
4. Tag — $8.2 million
5. Deadpool 2 — $5.3 million
6. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $4 million
7. Hereditary — $3.8 million
8. Superfly — $3.4 million
9. Avengers: Infinity War — $2.5 million
10. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? — $1.9 million

Ocean’s 8 is making out like a bandit.

Warner Bros’. female-led heist movie is on track to debut with about $41.5 million in ticket sales from 4,145 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, easily dethroning two-time box office champ Solo: A Star Wars Story and holding off fellow newcomers Hereditary and Hotel Artemis.

That figure represents a solid start for Ocean’s 8, toward the higher end of industry projections, and it’s the biggest opening of the Ocean’s franchise, not adjusted for inflation. (Ocean’s 11, 12, and 13 bowed with $38.1 million, $39.2 million, and $36.1 million in 2001, 2004, and 2007.) Time will tell if the series’ fourth installment can match or exceed the global success of its predecessors, which combined to earn more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office. Through Sunday, Ocean’s 8 will have grossed about $12.2 million overseas.

Putting a gender-swapped spin on the Ocean’s movies, which were previously led by George Clooney and Brad Pitt, the latest installment stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna, and Helena Bonham Carter as a crew of swindlers who plot a major job at the Met Gala in New York City. Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) directed the film, taking the reins from Steven Soderbergh.

Critics’ reviews were mixed to positive, while moviegoers gave Ocean’s 8 a B-plus CinemaScore. The audience on opening weekend was 69 percent female.

Taking second and third place this weekend are two other franchise-extending movies: Disney and Lucasfilm’s Star Wars spinoff Solo, with about $15.2 million, and Fox’s superhero sequel Deadpool 2, with about $13.7 million.

Those numbers bring Solo to a domestic total of $176.1 million after 17 days in theaters, and Deadpool 2 to  $278.7 after 17 days.

Pictured: Toni Collette

Cracking the top four is A24’s buzzed-about horror movie Hereditary, with an estimated $13 million from 2,964 screens. That doubles industry forecasts and marks the biggest opening weekend ever for for the indie studio.

Written and directed by Ari Aster, the film stars Toni Collette as a woman whose family is haunted after her mother dies. Hereditary received a dismal D-plus CinemaScore, but critics gave it glowing reviews.

This weekend’s other newcomer, the Global Road action thriller Hotel Artemis, arrives with about $3.2 million from 2,407 theaters, good for the No. 8 spot. Drew Pearce wrote and directed the movie, which stars Jodie Foster as a nurse running a secret hospital for criminals in near-future Los Angeles. The cast also includes Sterling K. Brown, Sofia Boutella, and Brian Tyree Henry. Reviews were mixed, and audiences gave it a C-minus CinemaScore.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 4.3 percent year-to-date. Check out the June 8-10 figures below.

1. Ocean’s 8 — $41.5 million
2. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $15.2 million
3. Deadpool 2 — $13.7 million
4. Hereditary — $13 million
5. Avengers: Infinity War — $6.8 million
6. Adrift — $5.1 million
7. Book Club — $4.2 million
8. Hotel Artemis — $3.2 million
9. Upgrade — $2.2 million
10. Life of the Party — $2.1 million

Business isn’t exactly booming for the galaxy’s favorite space smuggler this Memorial Day weekend.

Disney and Lucasfilm’s Han Solo origin tale Solo: A Star Wars Story is on track to earn about $101 million in ticket sales from 4,381 theaters in the U.S. and Canada over the four-day holiday weekend — easily topping the box office, but coming in well below the $130 million-$150 million previously projected by Disney.

After earning $14.1 million from Thursday night previews, a pre-Memorial Day record, Solo appears to be stalling, and its estimated Friday-Sunday gross of $83.3 million falls considerably short of Rogue One ($155.1 million), let alone The Last Jedi ($220 million) and The Force Awakens ($248 million). Solo’s three-day overseas take — about $65 million, from 88 percent of its foreign markets, including China — is also underwhelming.

Marking the 10th film in the Star Wars saga and the second “anthology” movie, Solo explores the younger years of Han Solo, the interstellar scoundrel originated by Harrison Ford. Alden Ehrenreich plays the title role, joined by Emilia Clarke as first love Qi’ra, Joonas Suotamo as trusty sidekick Chewbacca, and Donald Glover as fellow rogue Lando Calrissian. Reviews have been mixed to positive, while audiences gave it an A-minus CinemaScore. It’s the only Star Wars movie of the Disney era not to receive an A.

Solo reportedly cost upward of $250 million to make, partly because original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard, who reshot significant portions of the film.

Solo also comes as the fourth Star Wars movie in less than three years, and its soft opening might be a sign of franchise fatigue. Nevertheless, Disney has Episode IX on the calendar for Dec. 20, 2019, and is mulling standalone movies about Boba Fett, Lando, and Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Twentieth Century Fox

Taking second place this weekend is Fox’s Deadpool 2, with an estimated three-day gross of $42.7 million ($53.5 million through Monday). That figure represents a rather steep decline of 66 percent in its second frame, and brings its domestic total to $207.4 million after 10 days in theaters.

Superheroes will also claim the No. 3 spot, as Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War adds about $16.5 million to its domestic haul in its fifth week.

Rounding out the top five are Paramount’s rom-com Book Club, with about $9.5 million, and Warner Bros.’ back-to-school farce Life of the Party, with about $5.1 million. Further down the list, Magnolia Pictures’ Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG will rejoin the top 10 with an estimated $1.2 million in its fourth weekend, in just 415 theaters.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 7.7 percent year-to-date. Check out the May 25-27 figures below.

1. Solo: A Star Wars Story — $83.3 million ($101 million four-day)
2. Deadpool 2 — $42.7 million ($53.5 million four-day)
3. Avengers: Infinity War — $16.5 million ($20.1 million four-day)
4. Book Club — $9.5 million ($12 million four-day)
5. Life of the Party — $5.1 million ($6.5 million four-day)
6. Breaking In — $4.1 million
7. Show Dogs — $3.1 million
8. Overboard — $3 million
9. A Quiet Place — $2.2 million
10. RBG — $1.2 million

This weekend, Ryan Reynolds is the Merc With the Money.

The actor’s wisecracking superhero sequel Deadpool 2 is on track to open with an estimated $125 million in ticket sales from 4,349 theaters in the U.S. and Canada, unseating three-time box office champ Avengers: Infinity War and scoring the second-highest debut ever for an R-rated movie.

Though that’s no small feat, Deadpool 2 will fall short of industry projections, which had it in the $130 million to $150 million range, and the original Deadpool, which bowed with $132.4 million in February 2016 (thus setting the R-rated opening record). Overseas, the sequel will add about $176.3 million this weekend, for a worldwide total of about $301.3 million.

Directed by David Leitch, from a script by Reynolds, Rhett Reese, and Paul Wernick, Deadpool 2 finds the titular antihero (played by Reynolds) protecting a young mutant from a time-traveling tough guy named Cable (Josh Brolin), while gleefully skewering Hollywood’s obsession with superheroes. The cast also includes Julian Dennison, Morena Baccarin, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, and Brianna Hildebrand, plus a host of celebrity cameos.

The Fox film, which cost about $110 million to make, received generally positive reviews from critics (on par with the first film), and audiences gave it an A CinemaScore, suggesting good word-of-mouth prospects.

Disney’s rival Marvel movie Avengers: Infinity War drops down to second place this weekend, grossing a still-solid $28.7 million in its fourth frame and bringing its domestic total to $595 million. The film will add about $84.4 million overseas, pushing its worldwide total north of $1.8 billion.

Melinda Sue Gordon/Paramount Pictures

The weekend’s other new wide releases are Paramount’s rom-com Book Club and Open Road’s family-friendly comedy Show Dogs. The former film will take in about $12.5 million, good for the No. 3 spot, while the latter will gross about $6 million, landing in sixth place.

Directed by Bill Holderman, Book Club stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen, and Mary Steenburgen as four friends whose love lives are upended when they decide to read the guilty pleasure Fifty Shades of Grey.

Show Dogs, meanwhile, centers on a police dog (voiced by Chris “Ludacris” Bridges) who goes undercover at a dog show with his human partner (Will Arnett) to stop an animal smuggling ring. Raja Gosnell directed.

Both movies garnered lackluster reviews, though audiences gave them solid A-minus CinemaScores.

Rounding out the top five are the Melissa McCarthy comedy Life of the Party, with about $7.7 million, and the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In, with about $6.5 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 6.3 percent year-to-date. Check out the May 18-20 figures below.

1. Deadpool 2 — $125 million
2. Avengers: Infinity War — $28.7 million
3. Book Club — $12.5 million
4. Life of the Party — $7.7 million
5. Breaking In — $6.5 million
6. Show Dogs — $6 million
7. Overboard — $4.7 million
8. A Quiet Place — $4 million
9. Rampage — $1.5 million
10. I Feel Pretty — $1.2 million

Ryan Reynolds and 20th Century Fox’s superhero sequel opens two years after the first ‘Deadpool’ hit theaters.

Avengers: Infinity War finally has some competition.

Ryan Reynolds and 20th Century Fox’s summer event pic Deadpool 2 rocketed to a huge $18.6 million in Thursday-night previews from 3,785 theaters, a record for an R-rated pic.

The previous record holder was It ($13.5 million). Prior to It, the first Deadpool had boasted the top preview gross for an R-rated film ($12.7 million). Deadpool, opening in February 2016, went on to debut to a massive $132.4 million, the best launch ever for an R-rated film.

Deadpool 2 — a darling among critics — seems destined to make some history of its own, if the preview number is an indication.

On Friday morning, Deadpool 2 will be playing in a total of 4,349 theaters in North America, where it will easily win the weekend with a debut in the $130 million to $150 million range, ending Infinity War‘s three-week rule.

Overseas, Deadpool 2 is opening in most major markets timed to its U.S. launch — one major exception is China — for a projected foreign debut of $150 million-plus.

Reynolds reprises his role as Deadpool in the follow-up. He produced the sequel and co-wrote the script with his Deadpool collaborators Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

Deadpool 2, directed by David Leitch, follows the irreverent superhero as he forms an X-Force posse in hopes of stopping the evil Cable (Josh Brolin). Morena Baccarin, Julian Dennison, Zazie Beetz, T.J. Miller, Brianna Hildebrand and Jack Kesy co-star.

A pair of smaller films also open nationwide this week: Paramount’s female-fronted Book Club and Global Road’s family offering Show Dogs.

Targeting older femmes, director Bill Holderman’s Book Club stars Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda, Candice Bergen and Mary Steenburgen as four friends who decide to read Fifty Shades of Grey — with unintended consequences.

Craig T. Nelson, Andy Garcia and Don Johnson play the love interests. Book Club is tracking to open in the $9 million-$10 million range after grossing a respectable $625,000 in Thursday-evening previews. That’s on par with such pics as Sisters, Overboard and The Intern.

While Avengers: Infinity War will continue its impressive box office run this weekend, perhaps topping $600 million domestically, it will be relinquishing its spot at the top of the domestic charts to yet another Marvel comic book adaptation. Fox’s Deadpool 2 is debuting in a record number of theaters for an R-rated release, not to mention serving as the studio’s widest release ever, and hopes to top the record R-rated debut set by its predecessor two years ago. Also opening this weekend is Paramount’s Book Club, looking to offer older audience members an alternative, while Global Road debuts an alternative of its own in the talking dog family feature Show Dogs.

With Deadpool 2 expected to top this weekend’s box office, it will be the ninth weekend out of the twenty so far this year that a Marvel comic adaptation has served as the #1 film at the weekend box office. Debuting in 4,349 locations, the film is the widest release ever for an R-rated film (topping It‘s 4,103 theaters) and the widest release ever for 20th Century Fox, topping the 4,253 theaters How to Train Your Dragon 2 debuted in in June 2014. The size of the film’s footprint says a lot about the audience and exhibitor appetite for the foul-mouthed antihero as it takes aim at topping the first film’s record-setting $132.4 million opening for an R-rated film.

Industry expectations for the film lean toward an opening anywhere from $130-150 million and those numbers are supported when looking at IMDb page view comparisons leading up to release. Most importantly, Deadpool 2 is neck-and-neck with the first film, which isn’t typically the case for a sequel as follow-ups tend to pace behind their predecessors. Additionally, online ticket retailer reports the sequel is outpacing the original film in advanced ticket sales, all of which has us leaning toward a record breaking opening for an R-rated film with a $138 million opening with room to go much higher.

After three weeks on top of the domestic box office and already pulling in over $1.686 billion worldwide, becoming the fourth largest global release of all-time, Avengers: Infinity War will fall to second place on the domestic charts this weekend. Right now we’re anticipating a drop right around 53%, pulling in around $29 million for the three-day, finishing the weekend with a domestic cume just shy of $600 million domestically after 24 days in release.

Paramount is looking at a third place debut for Book Club, which they acquired North America, France and UK rights for $10 million at AFM last November. Starring Jane Fonda, Mary Steenburgen, Diane Keaton and Candice Bergen, the studio is being conservative with its expectations, anticipating an opening right at $9 million, below our anticipated $10-14 million range for the weekend.

Our expectations are supported by IMDb page view comparisons, which show Book Club outperforming films such as The Big Wedding, The Single Moms Club, Going in Style and Love the Coopers over the two weeks leading up to release while pacing behind Nancy Meyers‘s The Intern. All things considered, our data is leaning heavily toward an opening closer to $12 million, give or take a million or so on either side of that number.

Melissa McCarthy is coming off her worst debut as a film’s lead in Life of the Party, which only managed to narrowly top Breaking In last weekend once actuals were counted. This weekend we’re expecting it to dip 47% for a three-day right around $9.5 million and a fourth place finish.

Rounding out the top five is the aforementioned Breaking In, which came in $1.1 million ahead of estimates last weekend and should dip around 58% or so for a $7.4 million weekend, pushing the film’s domestic cume over $30 million after ten days in release.

Just outside the top five we find the weekend’s final new wide release in Global Road’s Show Dogs. The talking dog feature is the last film to come from the old regime, prior to the Open Road and IM Global merger, and reports have the film tracking to debut in the high single million digits. To look at IMDb page view data we are seeing this one pacing almost exactly like Open Road’s The Nut Job 2 last August, which opened in a massive 4,003 theaters with a dismal $8.3 million. While there haven’t been many family options in theaters as of late, we’re still struggling to see Show Dogs breaking out and currently expecting the film to debut with anywhere from $6-8 million with our forecast, at this time, coming in on the lower end of those expectations.

Magnolia is expanding the release of their documentary RBG into 375 locations (+196) this weekend. The film squeaked into the top ten last weekend and could do the same this weekend. Right now we’re forecasting it will be neck-and-neck with I Feel Pretty for that final spot, both finishing right around $1.5 million for the three-day.

Also be on the lookout for Focus’s documentary Pope Francis – A Man of His Word, which is opening in 346 locations and should manage around $1-1.2 million this weekend, enough to threaten for a spot in the top 15.

In limited release, A24 is releasing the thriller First Reformed into four theaters; Bleecker will debut On Chesil Beach in four locations; and IFC will release the documentary That Summer into one theater.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Deadpool 2 (4,349 theaters) – $138.0 M
  • Avengers: Infinity War (4,002 theaters) – $29.2 M
  • Book Club (2,781 theaters) – $12.0 M
  • Life of the Party (3,656 theaters) – $9.5 M
  • Breaking In (2,537 theaters) – $7.4 M
  • Show Dogs (3,145 theaters) – $6.3 M
  • Overboard (1,820 theaters) – $5.8 M
  • A Quiet Place (2,327 theaters) – $4.0 M
  • Rampage (1,466 theaters) – $1.6 M
  • RBG (375 theaters) – $1.5 M

With all due respect to Melissa McCarthy and Gabrielle Union: It’s Thanos’ world, we just live in it.

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 U.S. and Canada while trouncing McCarthy’s new comedy Life of the Party and Union’s new thriller Breaking In.

On Saturday, Infinity War cracked the $500 million mark at the domestic box office, becoming the second-fastest film to do so, and through Sunday it will have grossed about $547.8 million. The movie also bowed in China this weekend, powering a massive $281.3 million international haul. Its worldwide total now stands at about $1.6 billion and ranks fifth all time, behind Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and Jurassic World.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and made for close to $300 million, Infinity War marks the third Avengers film and the 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It features heroes from across the MCU franchise — including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and the Chris Pratt-led Guardians of the Galaxy — and pits them against Thanos (Josh Brolin), an interplanetary warlord trying to wipe out half the life in the universe.

An untitled sequel is already on the calendar for May 3, 2019.

Warner Bros. Pictures

In second place, Warner Bros’. Life of the Party will take in about $18.5 million at 3,656 domestic theaters. That figure is in line with industry projections but falls short of recent McCarthy films Tammy ($21.6 million), The Boss ($23.6 million), and Spy ($29.1 million)

Written by McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, who also directed, Life of the Party centers on a middle-aged divorcée (McCarthy) who returns to college to finish her degree and winds up in class with her daughter (Molly Gordon). The film received lackluster reviews from critics, and audiences gave it a tepid B CinemaScore.

The weekend’s other new wide release, Universal’s Breaking In, is on pace to gross about $16.5 million at 2,537 theaters, good for third place. That’s a solid start for a film that cost a modest $6 million to make.

Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the film stars Union as a mother forced to protect her kids when the mansion of her recently deceased dad is invaded by burglars. Reviews have been poor, and moviegoers gave it a B CinemaScore.

Paul Sarkis/Universal

Rounding out the top five this weekend are Lionsgate’s rom-com remake Overboard, with about $10.1 million, and Paramount’s silently spooky horror hit A Quiet Place, with about $6.4 million.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 4.8 percent year-to-date. Check out the May 11-13 figures below.

1. Avengers: Infinity War — $61.8 million
2. Life of the Party — $18.5 million
3. Breaking In — $16.5 million
4. Overboard — $10.1 million
5. A Quiet Place — $6.4 million
6. I Feel Pretty — $3.7 million
7. Rampage — $3.4 million
8. Tully — $2.2 million
9. Black Panther — $1.9 million
10. Blockers — $1.1 million

Avengers: Infinity War rages on.

After delivering the biggest box office opening in history last week, Disney and Marvel’s superhero epic is on track to earn an estimated $112.5 million from 4,474 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, crushing its competitors while scoring the second-best second weekend ever, not adjusted for inflation. Only Star Wars: The Force Awakens has grossed more in its sophomore frame ($149.2 million), and Infinity War will bump Black Panther ($111.7 million) down to third on that list.

That said, Infinity War’s $112.5 million represents a decline of 56 percent from its opening weekend, which is notably steeper than either The Force Awakens (40 percent) or Black Panther (45 percent), and on par with Warner Bros’. ill-fated Justice League, though better than predecessor Avengers: Age of Ultron (59 percent).

After 10 days in theaters, Infinity War’s domestic tally sits at an estimated $450.8 million. This weekend the movie will add about $162.6 million overseas, for an international total of $713.3 million. Infinity War broke the $1 billion barrier at the worldwide box office Saturday, becoming the fastest film ever to do so, and along the way it has passed fellow superhero hits like Thor: Ragnarok ($854 million), 2002’s Spider-Man ($822 million), and Wonder Woman ($822 million).

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and made for close to $300 million, Infinity War marks the third Avengers film and the 19th installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It features heroes from across the MCU franchise — including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and the Chris Pratt-led Guardians of the Galaxy — and pits them against Thanos (Josh Brolin), an interplanetary warlord trying to erase half the life in the universe.

Infinity War has received generally positive reviews from critics, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. An untitled sequel is already on the calendar for May 3, 2019.

MetroGoldwyn Mayer Pictures/Pantelion Films

Unlike last week, when no new major releases went up against against Infinity War, this weekend brought a trio of newcomers: Overboard, a gender-flipped remake of the 1987 rom-com; Tully, a dramedy about motherhood hailing from director Jason Reitman and writer Diablo Cody; and Bad Samaritan, a thriller starring David Tennant.

Buoyed by Eugenio Derbez and Anna Faris, Overboard fared best of the three, grossing an estimated $14.8 million from 1,623 theaters, good for second place. Tully, which stars Charlize Theron, took in about $3.2 million from 1,353, landing in the No. 6 spot, and Bad Samaritan just cracked the top 10 with about $1.8 million from 2,007 theaters.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 5.1 percent year-to-date. Check out the May 4-6 figures below.

1. Avengers: Infinity War — $112.5 million
2. Overboard — $14.8 million
3. A Quiet Place — $7.6 million
4. I Feel Pretty — $4.9 million
5. Rampage — $4.6 million
6. Tully — $3.2 million
7. Black Panther — $3.2 million
8. Truth or Dare — $1.9 million
9. Super Troopers 2 — $1.82 million
10. Bad Samaritan — $1.76 million

Now that you’ve seen Avengers: Infinity War, here’s when you’ll get your next superhero fix. And the one after that. And the one after that. Studios have announced a whopping 14 superhero films to be released through the end of 2019 — and those are just the ones with confirmed premiere dates. The number isn’t surprising considering even last fall’s Justice League raked in more than $600 million at the global box office despite modest reviews (simply put: It’s really hard to fail with heroes). Here’s what’s next from Marvel, DC Films, and Fox:

Deadpool 2

May 18, 2018
Ryan Reynolds returns in the R-rated sequel. For much more on this title

Ant-Man and the Wasp

July 2, 2018
Missing from Infinity War, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) returns with Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly), who now has a shrinking suit of her own. The film is set before the events of Infinity War, so don’t expect it to resolve that big cliffhanger.


Oct. 5, 2018
Tom Hardy stars in Marvel’s Spider-Man spin-off as an investigative journalist who becomes the host of a powerful alien entity.

Warner Bros. Pictures


Dec. 21, 2018
After his introduction in Justice League, Arthur Curry (Jason Momoa) gets his stand-alone origin story directed by James Wan that will follow Aquaman from his difficult childhood to becoming king of Atlantis.

Simon Varsano


Jan. 11, 2019
Director Neil Marshall reboots the franchise with Stranger Things star David Harbour as the red demon and Ian McShane as his adoptive father.

Everett Collection


Jan. 18, 2019
M. Night Shyamalan’s long-awaited sequel to Unbreakable reunites Bruce Willis as an ordinary security guard with superhuman strength and Samuel L. Jackson as a mass murderer.

Doane Gregory/Fox

Dark Phoenix

Feb. 14, 2019
The 12th installment of Fox’s X-Men franchise and the start of a new trilogy starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Sophie Turner.

Marvel; Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images

Captain Marvel

March 8, 2019
Marvel finally releases its first MCU film focused on a female superhero. The logline: “Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) becomes Captain Marvel, one of the galaxy’s strongest heroes, after the Earth is caught in the center of an intergalactic conflict between two alien worlds.” The film is set the 1990s (so also before the events in Infinity War.

Peter Kramer/NBCUniversal/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images; DC Comics


April 5, 2019
A 14-year-old foster teen (Asher Angel) can turn into a grown-up superhero (Zachary Levi) by shouting a single word.

Chuck Zlotnick/©Marvel Studios 2018

Untitled Avengers: Infinity War sequel

May 3, 2019
Shot back-to-back with Infinity War by the same directors (Anthony and Joe Russo), the ultra-secretive fourth Avengers film wrapped in January (but there’s some reshoots still to come).

Chuck Zlotnick/Columbia Pictures

Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel  

Little is known, but Jon Watts is set to return as director, and the film takes place after the untitled Infinity War sequel. Filming begins this summer.

Claire Folger/Twentieth Century Fox

The New Mutants

Aug. 2, 2019
The superhero genre goes horror in this tale of a group of mutants held in a secret facility. Anya Taylor-Joy, Maisie Williams, and Charlie Heaton star.

Clay Enos/Warner Bros

Wonder Woman 2

Nov. 1, 2019
The sensation returns with director Patty Jenkins back behind the camera and Pedro Pascal joining the cast in a key role. Kristen Wiig is also confirmed to be playing the villain Cheetah. The story will shift to America for likely another period piece, though it’s not clear what year it will take place.

Everett Collection; Gabe Ginsberg/Getty

The Crow Reborn

Oct. 11, 2019
This one is still uncertain: A start of production date has been announced and pushed several times. But a release date has been set with Jason Momoa to star.

Twentieth Century Fox

Untitled X-Force Deadpool sequel

Late 2019/2020
Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) will write and direct the superhero team-up film featuring Deadpool, Cable, Domino, and more. 

Marvel Studios

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

James Gunn returns to write and direct the third film in the franchise which will take place after the events of the Infinity War sequel.

Also in the works…

There are many, many other superhero titles in various stages of development with supposed premiere dates that may or may not happen. Marvel and DC both have untitled films announced for several dates in 2019 and 2020 without titles yet attached.

DC Comics’ stand-alone Cyborg film and a Green Lantern Corps film were planned for 2020 (at least, before the post-Justice League DC Films shakeup; now their fates are unclear). DC also has a Batgirl movie in the pipeline, with Bumblebee‘s Christina Hodson writing after Joss Whedon’s high-profile departure, and there’s a Harley Quinn stand-alone film in the pipeline with Cathy Yan set to direct.

There’s also a Kitty Pryde movie in the works at Fox under the codename 143 with writer Brian Michael Bendis. Plus Fox has a Gambit movie in the works with Channing Tatum.

Todd McFarlane’s R-rated Spawn reboot was reported to start filming in February, and then again for May.

There are also reboots of Green Hornet, Flash Gordon, and others in the works.


It’s been 11 days since Avengers: Infinity War hit theaters and the film is about to surpass $1 billion at the worldwide box office. If that seems ridiculously fast, that’s because it is. The latest release from Marvel Studios will become the fastest ever to achieve such a milestone.

Infinity War opened on April 25 in overseas territories before hitting the U.K. on April 26, the U.S. on April 27, and Russia on May 3. With Friday’s global box-office rake of $69.5 million, the film has earned a cumulative $974.5 million worldwide. It will surpass $1 billion by day’s end on Saturday — and it still hasn’t opened in China yet.

All this box-office dough might have something to do with the fact that Avengers: Infinity War touts the culmination of a story that’s played out over the course of 18 films. Thanos (Josh Brolin), a villain first spotted in a post-credits scene from The Avengers, finally emerged from the shadows to try to wipe out half of existence by collecting all six Infinity Stones.

Nearly all of Marvel’s heroes to date assembled for the epic fight, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).

Chuck Zlotnick/©Marvel Studios 2018

Infinity War will become the 34th film to break $1 billion. The club includes titles like Avatar, Titanic, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, Jurassic World, and Captain America: Civil War.

On Friday, Disney, which shades Marvel Studios under its umbrella of franchises, surpassed $3 billion in 2018 ticket sales. The movie studio is now the fastest to reach that number in a given year, even beating its previous benchmark from 2016 when it hit $3 billion by May 6.

Disney released Black Panther — which is still the highest-grossing Marvel Studios movie to date with approximately $1.3 billion global — and A Wrinkle in Time earlier in the year.

Thanos is well on his way to subjugating the universe, and he’s definitely got the box office under his thumb.

Disney and Marvel’s superhero epic Avengers: Infinity War is on track to earn an estimated $250 million at 4,474 theaters in the U.S. and Canada this weekend, claiming the highest domestic opening of all time, not adjusted for inflation. Final numbers will roll in Monday, but the movie is poised to dethrone Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which previously held the top spot with $248 million.

The record-breaking haul combines the second-highest domestic Friday in history ($106 million) with the highest Saturday ($83 million) and Sunday ($61 million). With an estimated overseas gross of $380 million, Infinity War also heralds the largest global opening in history, with $630 million. Universal’s The Fate of the Furious previously held the title with $541.9 million. Unlike that film, Infinity War has yet to open in China, the world’s second-largest movie market.

Marvel now boasts six of the top 10 opening weekends of all time, while parent company Disney holds nine of the top 10. The 19 installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe have combined to earn about $15.4 billion.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Infinity War marks the third Avengers film and reportedly cost close to $300 million to make. Featuring heroes from across the MCU mega-franchise — including Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Evans’ Captain America, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, and the Chris Pratt-led Guardians of the Galaxy — the movie pits them against Thanos (Josh Brolin), an interplanetary warlord trying to cull half the life in the universe.

Infinity War has received generally positive reviews from critics, and moviegoers gave it an A CinemaScore. An untitled sequel is already on the calendar for May 3, 2019.

No other films opened in wide release this weekend. The top five was filled out by Paramount’s horror movie A Quiet Place, STX’s comedy I Feel Pretty, Warner Bros’. action movie Rampage, and Marvel’s previous release, Black Panther.

According to ComScore, overall box office is up 3.4 percent year-to-date. Check out the April 27-29 figures below.

1. Avengers: Infinity War — $250 million
2. A Quiet Place — $10.7 million
3. I Feel Pretty — $8.1 million
4. Rampage — $7.1 million
5. Black Panther — $4.4 million
6. Super Troopers 2 — $3.6 million
7. Truth or Dare — $3.2 million
8. Blockers — $2.9 million
9. Ready Player One — $2.4 million
10. Traffik — $1.6 million

Chuck Zlotnic/Marvel Studios
‘Avengers: Infinity War’
Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is on course for a domestic debut north of $240 million — within shouting distance of Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million), the record holder for biggest opening.

Disney is being more cautious and suggesting a domestic launch in the $225 million-$240 million range. Whatever the case, Infinity War is sure of securing the second-biggest launch of all time, eclipsing Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million).

And globally, Infinity War could eclipse The Fate of the Furious ($541.9 million) to land the biggest box-office launch of all time. That’s without the benefit of China, where it doesn’t land until May 11.

Infinity War has already earned a mighty $178.5 million internationally in its first three days (Wednesday through Friday) for an early global total of $284.5 million.

Friday’s North American gross was $106 million, the second-best single day in history behind the $119.2 million earned by Force Awakens on its first day. Until now, Avengers: Age of Ultron sported the biggest single day for a superhero pic ($84.4 million).

It’s a Marvel superhero bonanza all the way around as Black Panther moves up the chart from No. 8 to No. 5 in its ninth weekend with projected earnings of $3.6 million.

To date, The Avengers ($207.4 million) holds the record for the biggest superhero launch, followed by Black Panther ($202 million). They are the only two superhero titles to have crossed $200 million in their first weekend.

After Force Awakens, the biggest North American openings belong to Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($220 million) and Jurassic World ($208.8 million).

Directed by the Russo brothers, Infinity War reunites the Avengers gang and friends, including Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), as they join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy crew to stop the evil intergalactic despot Thanos (Josh Brolin).

The success of Disney and Marvel’s Black Panther could be a huge boost for Infinity War. Black Panther has earned $681 million in North America to become the No. 3 film of all time behind Force Awakens ($936.7 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million). Globally, it has earned $1.325 billion to rest at No. 10 of the all-time biggest earners.

Overseas, Infinity War scored the biggest opening day in a slew of markets, including South Korea — where it has earned $11.4 million in its first two days — Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Central America, Chile, Peru, Bolivia and the United Arab Emirates.

From a critical standpoint, reviews on RottenTomatoes currently give the film an 87% rating and on Metacritic the film holds a score of 68. While these are nowhere near the highest marks among films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the reviews seem unlikely to have any major effect on the box office one way or another, but they could suggest a somewhat softer word of mouth than possibly expected.

Overall, while it wouldn’t be surprising to see Infinity War deliver the largest opening weekend of all-time, it seems like a daunting task. When The Force Awakens debuted it was the first new live-action film in the Star Wars franchise in ten years and while Infinity War is being billed as the culmination of ten years of films in the MCU, there have been 18 films released within that franchise over the course of those ten years. Make no mistake, Infinity War will be a monster at this weekend’s box office, and we’re anticipating a performance anywhere from $225-250 million for the three-day, but hitting the higher end of that range may prove difficult.

Internationally, Infinity War began hitting theaters yesterday with $39 million as it debuted in South Korea, France, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand and many others. The film opened at #1 in all markets, including a $6.7 million debut in Australia, the second highest opening day in industry history behind just Force Awakens. The $6.5 million opening in South Korea is the largest opening day in the market ever, along with a $3.9 million opening in both France and Italy and a record $2.7 million debut in the Philippines.

By the end of the weekend the film will have opened in ~72% of the international marketplace, with only key territories such as Russia (May 3) and China (May 11) remaining. Examining the same suite of territories based on today’s exchange rates, The Avengers opened to $189 million while Captain America: Civil War opened to $231 million and Avengers: Age of Ultron opened to $254 million. All told, depending on just how high Infinity War climbs, it could have a shot at becoming only the fourth film to have ever delivered a worldwide opening over $500 million. The major difficulty will be doing hitting that mark without China, a feat accomplished by Force Awakens alone.

A Quiet Place should land in the runner-up position. We’re currently anticipating it will be the only film on the rest of the weekend charts to deliver double digits over the weekend, finishing around $10.3 million over its fourth weekend as it continues its impressive run, looking at a domestic cume just shy of $150 million domestically by the end of the weekend.

Warner Bros. and New Line’s Rampage is likely to feel the effect of Infinity War as we’re expecting a drop around 56%, if not higher, and a third weekend gross right around $9 million, which would put the film’s domestic cume just over $80 million after 17 days in release.

Fourth place should go to Amy Schumer‘s I Feel Pretty and while we’re currently expecting a drop right around 45%, we wouldn’t surprised if this one held on just a bit better and possibly well enough to leap-frog Rampage for a third place finish. Right now we’re expecting a three-day just shy of $9 million, finishing the weekend with a domestic cume over $30 million.

Rounding out the top five is Fox Searchlight’s Super Troopers 2, which we’re expecting to dip over 60% this weekend for a $5+ million three-day. Come the end of the weekend the film’s domestic cume should be just short of $25 million, nearly doubling its $13.5 million production budget after just ten days in release.

This weekend’s forecast is directly below. This post will be updated on Friday morning with Thursday night preview results followed by Friday estimates on Saturday morning, and a complete weekend recap on Sunday morning.

  • Avengers: Infinity War – $230.0 M
  • A Quiet Place – $10.2 M
  • Rampage – $9.0 M
  • I Feel Pretty – $8.9 M
  • Super Troopers 2 – $5.9 M
  • Truth or Dare – $3.7 M
  • Ready Player One – $3.4 M
  • Blockers – $3.4 M
  • Black Panther – $2.9 M
  • Isle Of Dogs – $1.7 M

Marvel’s biggest, most star-studded film yet brings together characters from all of its franchises, including ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Black Panther.’

“We’re in the endgame now,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange intones in the final stretch of the indisputably epic Avengers: Infinity War — and, more than in any other comics-derived superhero concoction one could mention, there’s a whiff of something resembling tragedy in a franchise that, for millions of fans, seems to play a role similar to what mythology did for the Greeks.

This grand, bursting-at-the-seams wrap-up to one crowded realm of the Marvel superhero universe starts out as three parts jokes, two parts dramatic juggling act and one part deterministic action, an equation that’s been completely reversed by the time of the film’s startling climax. “Huge” is the operative word here — for budget, scope and size of the global audience.

Back in Hollywood’s big studio heyday, the grandest company of them all, MGM, boasted of having “more stars than there are in heaven.” Marvel could arguably make that argument today, and it’s crammed almost all of them into this one densely packed superhero orgy, the first half of which is basically dedicated to finding a semi-coherent way of shuffling them into the same dramatic deck. How are ultra-egotists like Dr. Strange, Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth’s Thor, Chris Evans’ Steve Rogers, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and even Chadwick Boseman’s more even-keeled Black Panther going to like having to share the heroic spotlight with one another, while also allowing some derring-do and dazzling deeds to be performed by at least another dozen characters with unusual talents?

The sharp-witted answer delivered by writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely and directors Anthony and Joe Russo, under the supervision of Marvel Films maestro Kevin Feige, is to acknowledge the traffic jam of egos and play it for laughs. The effect is both scatter-shot and precise, knowing and witty enough to be initially disarming and ultimately ingratiating. With more limited screen time than they’re used to and even more limited elbow room, the actors and characters (in what at least some knew would be their swan songs in these costumes) snap off one-liners and sharp remarks with an extra edge of sarcastic disdain. They don’t exactly send up their heroic characters, but there is more of a subtle commentary underneath it all (not so subtle in the case of Mark Ruffalo’s and Evans’ roles) about the frustrations of having two different personas in life.

Even early on, however, one makes note of tragic forebodings that Dr. Strange articulates. For all the activity generated by the superheroes, the fellow driving the action here is the heretofore glimpsed but never central Thanos (Josh Brolin), a brooding tree trunk of a man whose stated goal is to achieve universal dominance by acquiring all six Infinity Stones. Each of these variously colored gems confers distinct powers. As he acquires them, he becomes increasingly unbeatable, but along with his determination and brute force he brings a philosophical intelligence.

Thanos has thoroughly thought through his ambition, as well as the moral and emotional toll it will take to achieve it, and Brolin’s calm, considered reading of the character bestows this conquering beast with an unexpectedly resonant emotional dimension, making him much more than a thick stick figure of a supervillain.

The imposing and unquestionable danger Thanos represents, and the way it increases exponentially with each stone he acquires, becomes quite serious after a while. So what begins as a lark — with the vast assortment of comic book characters trotting out their costumes; middle-aged Bruce Banner humorously being so out of practice that he can no longer transform himself into the Hulk; Tony Stark bantering once again with Gwyneth Paltrow’s Pepper Potts; Holland’s Peter Parker looking so childish even he seems to wonder what he’s doing in this company; Dave Bautista stealing every scene he’s in; Scarlett Johansson and Don Cheadle being given absolutely nothing fresh or original to do; Evans trying to leave his Captain America persona behind him — transforms into something genuinely threatening and grim, something, in fact, that has to be taken seriously: the prospect that evil can win.

With so many ingredients to stir into this overflowing pot, you have to hand it to the two experienced teams of Marvel collaborators who had a feel for how to pull this magnum opus off. Markus and McFeely wrote all three Captain America entries and have a deft, jokey, sometimes glib touch that spreads the humor around and prevents this long film from ever getting stodgy. The Brothers Russo directed the last two Captain America features and have a breezy approach that prevents the action here from sagging in any serious way.

And the scale of that action is astonishing. Some of it is set in space or in different realms, while other scenes take place in New York and elsewhere on Earth. When the intergalactic conflict winds up in Wakanda, Black Panther’s African homeland, it provides a bit of a start: Wait, we were just there a few months ago, and here we are again already for another giant battle?

Another major dramatic thread concerns the hitherto secondary figure of Vision (Paul Bettany), who crucially possesses the final stone sought by Thanos and hies to Scotland with Elizabeth Olsen’s Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch before being tracked down.

But, after Thanos, the most significant figure of all, and the character who lends the tale much of its ultimately tragic stature, is Zoe Saldana’s Gamora, Thanos’ adopted daughter. This relationship and story strain emerges from the distant background to play a decisive role both in the plot and the work’s ultimate thematic resonance, and the way it plays out is highly dramatic, upsetting and inevitable. By the time Thanos and Gamora’s relationship truly comes into focus, the film has rather remarkably shifted from a mood of larky fun to one of classical tragedy, not an inconsiderable feat in a comic book-derived entertainment.

Without giving anything away, the climax is startling in its gravity, and no Marvel fan will leave before the long final credits scroll gives way to the traditional kicker tease at the very end, which amplifies the ending by serving up even more questions, not answers. This will achieve the desired result of making millions of fans debate what it all means until the next installment. All we know for sure is that just one identified character will return.

No question about it, barely two months after the release of Black Panther, Marvel (and Disney, of course) has returned with another of the most expensive films ever made that will pull off another of the biggest commercial hauls of all time. This franchise isn’t going away anytime soon.

Production company: Marvel Studios
Distributor: Disney

Cast: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Tom Middleston, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Idris Elba, Danai Gurira, Peter Dinklage, Benedict Wong, Pom Klementieff, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benicio Del Toro, Josh Brolin, Chris Pratt, William Hurt
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriters: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, based on the Marvel comics by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive producers: Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo, Trihn Tran, Jon Favreau, James Gunn, Stan Lee
Director of photography: Trent Opaloch
Production designer: Charles Wood
Costume designer: Judianna Makovsky
Editors: Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
Music: Alan Silvestri
Visual effects supervisor: Dan DeLeeuw
Casting: Sarah Finn

Rated PG-13, 149 minutes