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

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

Infinity War is the 19 film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which had started off in 2008 when the Robert Downey Jr starrer Iron Man was released. The film is set to quickly break the $200 million mark, which puts it on pace to beat Avengers: Age of Ultron, which is now the highest grossing MCU film in China.

At the top, Avengers: Infinity War delivered an estimated $61.8 million this weekend, pushing the film's domestic gross to $547.8 million.

The Chinese opening comes two weeks after the U.S. debut for Infinity War and that lag may have helped drive up demand.

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Infinity War opened Friday in China, its final foreign market.

"Infinity War" opened in the country on April 25 and broke the 1 million mark on the second day of its run, racking up a million views every day or two until reaching 9 million on its 13th day. Both drew mostly female audiences.

Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at Box Office Pro, also believes the film has a shot at US$200 million or more. Melissa McCarthy's comedy "Life of the Party" debuted in second with $18.5 million from 3,656 locations. And it didn't match the $19.5 million opening of Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's Snatched over Mother's Day weekend a year ago.

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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). Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union's "Breaking In" launched in third with US$16.5 million in 2,537 locations. The movie's opening weekend is predicted to earn $150 million in the first weekend. 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. There is no word on whether it will also release in China after a minor delay or not.

Among holdovers, MGM and Pantelion Films' remake Overboard placed No. 4 in its second outing with $10.1 million after declining a narrow 31 percent.

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