Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Hollywood, CA, United States (4E) – “Avengers: Infinity War,” shattered records for the best opening weekend ever, earning over $250 million in the U.S. box office and $630 million worldwide, which is the largest global opening in history.
And that’s without revenues from both Russia and China where the movie will open in May 3 and May 11, respectively. Box office receipts from these two huge overseas markets will push Infinity Wars’ gross to over $1 billion.
Domestically, Infinity War’s $250 million take exceeded 2015′s “The Force Awakens,” which brought in $247 million. Globally, Infinity War’s unheard of $630 million shattered the previous global opening weekend record of $541.9 million held by “The Fate of the Furious.” The figures aren’t adjusted for rising ticket prices or other inflationary factors.
The record-breaking haul combines the second-highest domestic Friday in history ($106 million) with the highest Saturday ($83 million) and Sunday ($61 million). International receipts for the opening are even more astounding because the film shattered the record without Russia or China. When “Fate of the Furious” opened, China accounted for $185 million of its total global debut.
Avengers: Infinity War is Marvel Studios’ most ambitious movie to date and caps a 10 year-long Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) saga that began in 2008 with the release of Iron Man.
The movie joins Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Jurassic World; The Avengers and Black Panther as the only six films in history to cross the $200 million mark in their first weekend. The original Avengers opened with $207.4 million. Black Panther followed hot on its heels with $202 million in February, and continues to break records as its theatrical run continues.
With Infinity War, MCU has now made $15 billion globally. It’s MCU’s biggest and most-hyped superhero blockbuster ever, with two separate groups of superheroes meeting for the first time. The movie also has the most characters of any superhero movie ever: a single scene features more than 30 superheroes.
Marvel now has six of the top 10 opening weekends of all time, while parent company Disney holds nine of the top 10. The 19 installments of the MCU have combined to earn about $15.4 billion.
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