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Weekend Box Office: Infinity War already made a billion goddamn dollars

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True, Avengers: Infinity War crossing the billion-dollar mark at the worldwide box office was something of an inevitability. But the speed with which it did so is still pretty impressive. The film rung up $1 billion in box-office receipts in a mere 11 days, the fastest of any film in cinema history; it’s the 34th movie to cross that particular financial finish line, and the sixth Marvel Studios production to do so. (The others include The Avengers: Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Iron Man 3, Black Panther, and Captain America: Civil War.)


Unsurprisingly, it was also the No. 1 movie in America for the second week in a row with $112.5 million, making almost $100 million more than its closest competitor, MGM’s Overboard remake. That tepid attempt to launch Mexican mega-celebrity Eugenio Derbez into English-language stardom still did pretty well for itself, all things considered, though, landing at No. 2 with a $14.75 million opening weekend. The rest of this weekend’s top five shifted downwards accordingly, as A Quiet Place fell from No. 2 to No. 3 in its fifth week, I Feel Pretty from No. 3 to No. 4 in its third, and Rampage from No. 4 to No. 5 in its fourth.

Placing behind that stifled yawn of a top five must have been humbling for Jason Reitman and Diablo Cody’s Tully, which debuted at No. 6 with a ho-hum $3.18 million despite strong reviews and an A-list star in the lead role. Bad Samaritan, which only has one of those things going for it (hint: it’s David Tennant), fared even worse at No. 10 and $1.75 million, with a cringe-inducing $876 per-theater average. Compare that to the pop-feminist Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG, which made an average of $16,471 on each of its 34 screens. (That comes out to $560,000, if you don’t have a calculator handy.)

Now that we’re knee-deep in blockbuster season, expect the next few weeks to be more of the same: A revolving door of tentpole films—like Deadpool 2, due out on May 18, and Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theaters May 25—every few weeks, with lulls in between, unless the American public decides to skip Mother’s Day brunch en masse this weekend and take their moms to see Life Of The Party and/or Breaking In instead.

For more detailed numbers, visit Boxofficemojo.com.