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Melissa McCarthy Challenges Infinity War

But the 'Avengers' flick still reigns
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 13, 2018 12:16 PM CDT
Updated May 13, 2018 12:30 PM CDT
Melissa McCarthy Challenges Infinity War
This image released by Universal Pictures shows Ajiona Alexus, left and Gabrielle Union in "Breaking In."   (Paul Sarkis/Universal Pictures via AP)

(Newser) – Melissa McCarthy jumped into the box-office fray with a new movie this weekend, but Avengers: Infinity War still rules, the AP reports. The Walt Disney Studios on Sunday estimates it has added $61.8 million from North American theaters, bringing its total domestic earnings to $547.8 million in its third weekend. Globally the film has now grossed over $1.6 billion, making it the fifth biggest of all time. The superhero blockbuster easily overpowered newcomers like the McCarthy comedy Life of the Party and the Gabrielle Union thriller Breaking In.

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In a distant second, Life of the Party earned an estimated $18.5 million, while the modestly budgeted Breaking In took third place with $16.5 million. The mom-themed films were strategically timed to launch over Mother's Day weekend. Both drew mostly female audiences. The comedy Overboard came in fourth with $10 million and A Quiet Place held fifth spot with $6.3 million, Variety reports.

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