'Avengers' stays on top of the box office

The Avengers Infinity War poster with big baddie Thanos in the centre

The first summer blockbuster of 2018 earned an estimated $61.8 million domestically, and its worldwide numbers are even better after opening in China. The film, which has had audiences rushing to cinemas globally to see the biggest ensemble of characters put together on screen, overtakes previous number one The Dark Knight Rises which made a total of £56.3M at the United Kingdom box office.

"Avengers: Infinity War" surpassed 10 million in attendance on Sunday, the 19th day since it hit South Korean theaters, its local distributor said.

For the uninitiated, Avengers: Infinity War is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe that started nearly 10 years ago with Robert Downey Jr-starrer Iron Man.

Variety reports that by 10 p.m. Friday in China, Infinity War already earned $66 million on its first full day of release. Avengers: Infinity War may well end up being the highest grossing "Breakeven" film in history. 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.

In second is Warner Bros. and New Line's Life of the Party, delivering an estimated $18.5 million. In comparison, "The Heat" opened in 2013 with $39 million, "Spy" with $29 million in 2015, and "Tammy" with $21.4 million in 2014. Both drew mostly female audiences. It opened in its final foreign market with $200 million.

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Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union's "Breaking In" launched in third with $16.5 million in 2,537 locations. That's a solid start for a film that cost a modest $6 million to make.

This is quite the payoff for Marvel, as this film was ten years in the making.

Additionally, Breaking In opened in five global markets this weekend with an estimated $1 million, including a fifth place finish in the United Kingdom with an estimated $609k.

The movie is the second fastest ever to cross the half-billion mark at the domestic box office.

MGM and Lionsgate's Pantelion Films' gender-swapped remake of Garry Marshall's 1987 comedy, "Overboard" scored the highest-grossing opening weekend for Pantelion Films with a better-than-expected $14.8 million from 1,623 theaters.

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