CinemaScore gives Avengers: Infinity War an A rating. Just days since it hit cinemas around the globe, the movie has already earned $39 million from Thursday night screenings alone. This set a new Marvel record easily eclipsing Avengers: Age of Ultron's previous record of $27.6 million. This also puts the film on track to score at least the second biggest opening weekend ever, behind 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awaken's $248 million record. Moreover, Avengers 3 is also performing well thanks to a Certified Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a story by Captain America scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, Infinity War marks the culmination of the past decade of storytelling within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It brings together virtually every key player from across the franchise for a standoff with the Mad Titan Thanos. The blockbuster film also sets the stage for the conclusion of the MCU's first saga with 2019's still-untitled Avengers 4, before Marvel Studios tackles a new chapter in Phase 4.
After its theatrical debut in North America, Avengers: Infinity War now officially has an A grade from CinemaScore. The site's assessment is a better gauge of a film's mass reception given its procedure. CinemaScore randomly selects people from several theaters after they've seen a movie and notes their opinion using a standard A+ to F grading. This ensures that all survey participants have seen the flick - a significant part of the process that makes it more trustworthy compared to online aggregated reviews where anyone can sign up and participate.
Despite getting half a score below its Marvel predecessor, Black Panther, which is only the second superhero movie to have ever landed an A+ rating (the other being 2012's The Avengers), the mark is still impressive considering what the film set out to do. With a cast as massive as Infinity War's, the film could've easily become a disjointed mess, but the Russos, as well as Markus and McFeely, were able to pull off something that audiences seem to love. Having said that, arguably its biggest win is their ability to also introduce a high-stakes villain, Thanos. If his debut didn't stick the landing, the whole movie would've been pointless. The MCU hasn't been known for having spectacular villains, but things seems to be changing with the consecutive introduction of two great antagonists: Erik Killmonger and the Mad Titan, not to mention Hela.
Avengers: Infinity War's A CinemaScore also gives Marvel Studios its 15th consecutive movie to land either an A or A+ grade from the site, an impressive run and proof of the company's commitment to making sure that their films, albeit a few misses, are always a worthwhile movie-going experience for their fans. This, paired up with an unblemished Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes record, and a substantial global haul at the box office, solidifies its place as one of the most successful film franchises ever.
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