News // 'AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR' OPENS WIDE, SMASHING RECORDS

Updated: Jun 12, 2018

Marvel's other beat, Black Panther, sneaks back up the Top Ten.



In an expected finish, Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War, the 3rd Avengers film and the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, opened in first place worldwide with a remarkable $630 million total. At the North American box office, the film now sits as the domestic opening weekend box office record holder with $250 million.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens previously held the record for the top domestic opening, with $247.9 million in 2015.


As for other records, Infinity War now holds the title as the largest Saturday box office gross ever, largest Sunday gross ever, largest April opening, largest Spring opening, and the fastest film to break the $150 million, $200 million, and $250 million thresh-holds.


On top of all this great news for Marvel and Disney, 2018's biggest surprise hit, Black Panther, eased its way back up the charts from 8th place last weekend to the Top Five this weekend.


Infinity War also opened at number one in other major markets, including the UK, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, India, France, South Korea, and Spain. The film is set to open in Russia next weekend. Its China debut is set for May 11.


According to BoxOfficeMojo.com, adding in Infinity War's cume, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has accumulated an incredible $15.5 billion in box office reciepts.


Outside of the Marvel franchise, A Quiet Place continued to draw a crowd, earning enough to take the 2nd place spot. Amy Schumer's I Feel Pretty took quite a drop from last weekend, but still ended up in 3rd place.


The biggest drop was Dwayne Johnson's Rampage. The action film debuted at number one two weeks ago, but has declined rapidly. It could still top $100 million in the next couple of weeks, but with the summer movie season officially kicking off this coming weekend, and with Infinity War's reign, it'll be hard to muster that much attention.


On the smaller circuit, indie Disobedience was the only "major" film to open this weekend against Infinity War. The film, starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, took in over $240,000 from five theaters in New York and Los Angeles.


Next weekend brings the official start of the summer movie season (though, Infinity War sure feels like a kickstart), with the Overboard remake opening alongside Jason Reitman's Tully, starring Charlize Theron.


TOP TEN:

(Bold signifies a new release.)


1. Avengers: Infinity War - $257 million

2. A Quiet Place - $11 million

3. I Feel Pretty - $8 million

4. Rampage - $7.2 million

5. Black Panther - $4.7 million

6. Super Troopers 2 - $3.7 million

7. Truth or Dare - $3.2 million

8. Blockers - $2.9 million

9. Ready Player One - $2.5 million

10. Traffik - $1.6 million

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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