Melissa McCarthy film opens with $1.9m, can’t knock out Avengers: Infinity War

Melissa McCarthy’s latest film, Life of the Party, opened at the weekend box office with $1.995m in earnings, but was unable to knock Disney’s Avengers: Infinity War out of the top position.

The film, which also features Modern Family star Julie Bowen, Gillian Jacobs and Debby Ryan sees a mother return to university after her divorce. It ran across 297 screens on its opening weekend.

But Life of the Party opened second to Avengers: Infinity War, which collected an additional $5m at the weekend box office, with 675 screenings.

According to the Motion Picture Distributors Association of Australia report, the film has made $53.707m. On its launch weekend following Anzac Day, it broke box office records.

Australian film Breath dipped in behind Life of the Party, with $727,141 across 242 screens. It is based on a Tim Winton novel.

Amy Schumer’s I Feel Pretty added earnings of $663,537 to its total earnings while The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society made $560,061.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
Avengers: Infinity War (Disney) $5,312,137 675 $53,707,701
Life Of The Party (Wb) $1,995,449 297 $1,995,449
Breath (Roadshow) $727,141 242 $2,415,622
I Feel Pretty (Eone) $663,537 267 $8,426,548
The Guernsey Literary And Potato Peel Pie Society (Studiocanal) $560,061 248 $4,940,919
Quiet Place, A (Paramount) $410,571 205 $11,879,850
Tully (Studiocanal) $383,005 179 $396,602
Crooked House (Roadshow) $221,448 199 $224,177
Peter Rabbit (Sony) $186,400 197 $26,206,398
Midnight Oil 1984 (Madman) $175,280 83 $189,270
Chappaquiddick (Transmission) $148,157 76 $158,693
Rampage (Wb) $132,258 159 $8,532,615
Mahanati (Southern Star) $123,785 15 $155,285
Sherlock Gnomes (Paramount) $110,045 132 $6,436,686
Mamma Mia! (Universal) $106,550 165 $31,986,401
Isle Of Dogs (Fox) $103,681 79 $2,734,222
The Greatest Showman (Fox) $75,145 54 $34,245,358
Gurrumul (Madman) $61,951 31 $501,974
Daana Paani (Forum Films) $52,240 15 $238,980
A Or B (Tangren) $49,171 16 $189,122

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