Avengers: Infinity War Crosses $1 Billion In Record Time
Avengers: Infinity War crossing $1 billion at the worldwide box office was a forgone conclusion long before the movie even hit theaters. However, how fast it crossed that threshold was a different story. Thanks to an unprecedented amount of hype and stellar reviews, as well as the fact that Infinity War had the second widest release in the U.S. in film history and that it released in more than 50 markets at once (something past MCU films haven't done), Avengers 3 managed to cross $1 billion in just 11 days! That's one day less than Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which crossed $1 billion globally in 12 days when it released in December 2015. Considering that Avengers 4 is still on the horizon, perhaps that movie will be able to break Infinity War's record in 2019.
Avengers: Infinity War Sets Russia Opening Day Record
Marvel movies always do well internationally - and that notion was proven when Avengers: Infinity War broke Russia's opening day record on Thursday, May 3. Avengers 3 grossed $4.9 million in a single day, thus setting a new record for the country, which also happens to be the 12th largest film-going market in the world. Note that the record only applies to Russia; the number is still far lower than other opening day numbers for the entire Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), which is usually how Russia's box office receipts are reported. But, clearly, Infinity War is a special case given its immense popularity. Considering its opening day numbers, it's possible that the movie will make at least $25 million throughout the full weekend, thru Sunday.
Avengers: Infinity War Scores MCU's Highest-Grossing Second Weekend
Blockbuster movies tend to have massive opening weekends and then taper off rather quickly, with only the best of the best movies continuing their high-grossing streaks for multiple weeks. Avengers: Infinity War falls into the latter category as it not only set the highest-grossing opening weekend of all-time at the domestic box office but also set the Marvel Cinematic Universe's highest-grossing second weekend. Avengers 3 grossed an estimated $112.4 million domestically over its second weekend, thus narrowly beating Black Panther's previous record of $111.6 million. Interestingly, Infinity War saw a relatively standard 56.4 percent drop between its first and second weekends whereas Black Panther had only a 44.7 percent drop. Furthermore, Star Wars: The Force Awakens still holds the record for having the highest-grossing second weekend with $149.2 million.
Avengers: Infinity War Shatters China Presale Records
Avengers: Infinity War released in most major markets on April 27, but its China release date was pushed to May 11. And just like what happened with presale records leading up to its domestic release, Infinity War shattered China's presale record. The film amassed $47.5 million in presale tickets as of May 9, thus passing the previous record-holder, Monster Hunt 2, which garnered $47 million in presale tickets earlier this year. Furthermore, Infinity War has already long passed 2017's The Fate of the Furious, which held presale tickets record for a Hollywood film with $25 million.
Because of the amount of people lining up to see Avengers 3, it seems the movie will surely beat Avengers: Age of Ultron's massive gross of $240 million, which it will certainly need in order to hit its projected $2 billion gross. However, while Infinity War had three weeks unchallenged at the U.S. box office, it will only have one week in China before Paramount Pictures' A Quiet Place releases on May 18. Sure, that film may not seem like a big competitor, but it was a sleeper hit domestically and could rake in hefty sums in the Middle Kingdom as well.
Avengers: Infinity War Sets MCU Opening Day Record in China
Avengers: Infinity War is, unsurprisingly, off to a strong start at the Chinese box office. Continuing off its presale tickets record in the country, Infinity War nabbed ¥451 million on Friday (including the Thursday night previews), which roughly translates to just over $71.3 million. That is the third-biggest opening day for a movie in the Middle Kingdom, falling behind the previously mentioned The Fate of the Furious (¥480) and Monster Hunt 2 (¥547 million).
However, even though Avengers 3 earned less than The Fate of the Furious, it still earned more when the money is exchanged into U.S. dollars due to varying exchange rates. So, Avengers ended up earning approximately $6 million more than the Fast & Furious movie did last year. Regardless, it's clear that Marvel's latest film is off to a strong start at the Chinese box office and should pull in hundreds of millions of dollars to get the movie past that $2 billion mark.
Avengers: Infinity War is the Highest-Grossing Superhero Movie Ever
Avengers: Infinity War is now the highest-grossing superhero movie of all-time at the worldwide box office, surpassing the very first Avengers movie, which grossed $1.518 billion in 2012 (unadjusted for ticket price inflation, of course). Thanks to an incredible $202 million opening weekend gross in China - which is the second-highest release in China based on the nation's local currency - as well as an additional $61+ million domestically, Infinity War accumulated enough money ($1.6 billion, as of the time of this writing) to blast past some of the top-grossing movies of all-time over its third weekend of release, including two 2017 films: Black Panther ($1.341 billion) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($1.332 billion). Aside from obvious anticipation and intrigue, one of the reasons Avengers: Infinity War was able to amass such a high opening weekend gross is because it released on a record-breaking 203,000 screens in China, of which 514 were in IMAX.
Avengers: Infinity War is Highest-Grossing Summer Release Ever
Avengers: Infinity War is already the highest-grossing superhero movie ever, as well as one of the top-grossing movies ever made, but it just recently overtook Jurassic World to become the highest-grossing summer release of all-time in the United States. The film grossed $1.686 billion as of May 16, which puts it above Jurassic World's 2015 gross of $1.672 billion (unadjusted for ticket price inflation). Of course, Avengers 3's theatrical run is far from over, which means it can still climb much, much higher - both domestically and internationally. But, with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom releasing this year, can Infinity War hold onto its new record?
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