Early projections for Avengers: Infinity War predict Marvel Studios’ biggest opening weekend. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is riding high off Black Panther‘s box office dominance. The solo movie continued to break records on a weekly basis, and now that it is out in theaters, it means Infinity War is next up. Anticipation has already run extremely high (even with just one trailer), and Marvel further fueled excitement by moving the Avengers: Infinity War release date up.

Now that the movie is coming out a week sooner, it means there’s even less time to wait. That’s obviously great for fans eager to see what Marvel Studios has planned, but it also fairs well for the movie’s opening – one that was previously expected to break records. Well, the earliest projections for Infinity War support just that.

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Box Office Pro projects Avengers: Infinity War will open to $215 million domestically on its new April 27th release date. A three day haul of this size would be good enough to top The Avengers‘ long standing MCU record opening of $207M. Not only would it top the MCU’s record books, but it would also make it the third biggest domestic opening of all-time, falling just behind Star Wars: The Last Jedi and well short of Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ $248M record opening.

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Considering everyone has been expecting Infinity War to be Marvel’s biggest opening, these figures are hardly a surprise. It features an A-list cast from top to bottom, and marks the first time several MCU characters/franchises will crossover. Even though they’ve just barely been shown in the marketing, the Guardians of the Galaxy meeting the Avengers is a big deal. Plus, it makes for a quick return to Wakanda as Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Okoye (Danai Gurira), Shuri (Letitia Wright), M’Baku (Winston Duke), and others will appear.

Along with the record setting opening, Box Office Pro projects Infinity War‘s entire domestic haul to come in at $538M. This would be good for Marvel’s second best domestic haul currently, but is well shy of The Avengers‘ $623M total. That could just be due to the projections doubting Infinity War‘s legs, but may also be a product of just how competitive the summer season has become in recent years.

Both of these figures are just projections at this point and will likely fluctuate in the coming weeks. Just remember, Black Panther‘s early projections were for $90M, and it went on to make $202M. Once tickets begin selling in a few weeks and the marketing blitz kicks into high gear, better estimates for Infinity War‘s box office run will arrive. But until then, having the biggest MCU opening ever seems like a good place for it to start.

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Source: Box Office Pro

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