9:21am PT by Pamela McClintock
Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Eyes Huge $60M Third Weekend
Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War has jumped the $500 million mark at the North American box office faster than any film in history behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Infinity War achieved the feat on Friday, its 15th day in release domestically. That's one more day than it took Force Awakens.
The mega-superhero finsihed Friday with a domestic total of $502 million. Infinity War also continues to make headlines overseas, where it scored one of the biggest opening days of all time in China with $65 mllion, not including previews, according to unofficial estimates.
Infinity War opened Friday in China, its final foreign market. To date, Monster Hunt 2 is the record-holder for top single day with $85 million, followed by The Fate of the Furious ($69 million).
Avengers: Infinity War will easily race past $105 million for the weekend in the Middle Kingdom, the top showing of all time for a superhero title (fellow Marvel pic Captain America: Civil War is the current record holder with $101.1 million). Disney will release China grosses for Infinity War on Sunday.
In North America, Avengers: Infinity War is on course to a huge $60 million-plus, the fourth biggest gross for a film in its third weekend. The only new competition are two smaller movies hoping to benefit from Mother's Day: Melissa McCarthy's comedy, Life of the Party, and the Will Packer-produced thriller Breaking In.
Life of the Party grossed $4.9 million Friday from 3,656 theaters, including $700,000 in Thursday previews, for a projeced $18.5 million debut. That would mark McCarthy's lowest start in recent years, although it would still be the No. 2 comedy launch of the year so far behind Blockers ($20.6 million). A year ago, Snatched, starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, debuted to $19.5 million over Mother's Day weekend.
Life of the Party is the third collaboration between McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone after Tammy and The Boss, which debuted to $21.6 million and $23.6 million, respectively. Falcone directed Life of the Party fom a script they co-wrote about a newly divorced mom who returns to college, where her daughter is also a student. Molly Gordon, Gillian Jacobs, Maya Rudolph, Julie Bowen and Matt Walsh co-star.
From Universal, Breaking In earned $4.6 million Friday from 2,532 cinemas, including $615,000 in previews, for a projected $15 million debut. The thriller stars Gabrielle Union stars as a woman who will stop at nothing to rescue her two children, who are being held hostage in a house designed with impenetrable security. (Packer and Union also worked together on 2016's Almost Christmas.)
Directed by James McTeigue from a script by Ryan Engle, Breaking In, co-stars Billy Burke, Richard Cabral, Ajiona Alexus, Levi Meaden, Jason George, Seth Carr and Christa Miller.
Both films earned a so-so B CinemaScore.
May 12, 7:45 a.m. Updated with revised weekend estimates and Friday grosses.