The 19th film in the MCU has opened to acclaim from critics and especially audiences, and it’s made a mint in just the first few days of release. How well has it done? Avengers: Infinity War, folks, now holds the records for the biggest opening weekend box office both worldwide and domestically in the US.
Infinity War pulled in a massive $US630 million in worldwide box office receipts during its opening weekend, $US250 million of which was drawn from US audiences. The film’s domestic pull narrowly beat out the $US247.9 million opening earned by previous record holder Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Yeah, Disney’s killing it every which way.
The previous record for biggest worldwide weekend box office was held by Universal’s The Fate of the Furious, and that drew almost $US100 million less with $US541.9 million. The worldwide number is expected to see another jump when the film hits China on May 11.
Naturally, this makes Infinity War the biggest opening of all time for a superhero film. Warner Bros’ DC pic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice held the worldwide record with $US422.5 million and Marvel’s The Avengers had the top US opening with $US207.4 million.
It’s a hugely impressive result for the film and perhaps all the more impressive since we’re 19 deep into a ten-year franchise run. Superhero fatigue? Not by a long shot.
It certainly appears that Marvel can’t be stopped. Infinity War follows on from the jaw-dropping box office numbers seen by Black Panther, which has entered the top 10 highest-grossing films of all time (unadjusted) with an insane $US1.33 billion… and that one’s still in cinemas in a number of major markets.
We’ll see where Infinity War ends up when it wraps its theatrical run. Can it take on James Cameron’s two box office reigning champs? Avatar still remains the leader with $US2.78 billion and Titanic holds onto the number 2 spot with $US2.18 billion.
Source: Box Office Mojo