'Avengers: Infinity War' Box Office: A Rundown of the Records Broken
Disney and Marvel continue to push the superhero envelope at the box office, with Avengers: Infinity War serving up their latest victory.
The mega-mashup smashed a number of records in its global debut over the weekend, less than three months after Marvel's Black Panther began its own historic run.
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Directed by the Russo brothers, Avengers: Infinity War is the most ambitious amassing of superheroes ever on the big screen and comes as Marvel Studios — led by Kevin Feige — celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Below, The Hollywood Reporter breaks down the movie's box-office achievements.
Biggest Domestic Opening of All Time
Avengers: Infinity War earned $258.2 million in its first weekend, besting fellow Disney title Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million). Sunday's estimate was $250 million, but thanks to a huge Sunday, the final gross was revised upward.
Biggest Worldwide Opening of All Time
The tentpole debuted to $382.7 million overseas for a global blastoff of $640.9 million — $100 million more than the previous record holder, Universal's The Fate of the Furious ($541.9 million).
Thanks to a day-and-date debut in China — where Infinity War doesn't open until May 11 — Fate of the Furious still boasts the top international opening with $443.2 million (which included $184.9 million from the Middle Kingdom). Infinity War ranks as the No. 2 foreign bow of all time.
Biggest Superhero Opening of All Time
Marvel's The Avengers was the previous record holder for top superhero launch in North America ($207.4 million), while Warner Bros. and DC's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($422.5 million) held the global crown.
Biggest Saturday of All Time in North America
Fueled by word of mouth, Infinity War took in $83 million on Saturday, well ahead of the previous record holder, Universal's Jurassic World ($69.6 million). The latter had the advantage of opening in the heart of summer, when kids were out of school.
Infinity War's Friday haul was $106 million, the second-best showing ever behind Force Awakens ($119.1 million).
Biggest Sunday of All Time in North America
Infinity War earned $69.2 million on Sunday, well ahead of Force Awakens ($60 million).
Biggest Opening of All Time in Numerous Markets
Infinity War scored the highest debut ever in South Korea ($39.2 million), Mexico ($25.1 million), Brazil ($18.8 million), the Philippines ($12.5 million), Thailand ($10 million), Indonesia ($9.6 million) and Malaysia ($8.4 million). In India ($18.6 million), it was the biggest bow for a Western title ever and has already surpassed the entire runs of The Avengers, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. It also has already topped the first Avengers and Ultron in the Philippines.
Among other notable accomplishments, Infinity War was the No. 2 debut of all time in Australia ($23 million), behind Force Awakens.
Infinity War notched the best start for a superhero pic in France ($17.7 million), Germany ($14.7 million) and Spain ($8.3), while it was the second-best superhero showing in Italy ($11 million).
Leading all foreign markets with $42.2 million was the U.K./Ireland, where Infinity War now boasts the third-biggest launch of all time, including the biggest Saturday ever.
by Pamela McClintock
by Richard Newby