8:38am PT by Pamela McClintock
Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Blasts Off Overseas With Massive $39M
Disney and Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War blasted off overseas Wednesday with a mighty opening-day gross of $39 million from 21 markets.
The film, placing No. 1 everywhere, is already setting industry records in numerous territories. In South Korea, it landed the top opening day of all time with $6.5 million, while it secured the second biggest opening day in Australia behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $6.7 million.
In France, Infinity War earned $3.9 million, the highest opening day in history for April and the largest ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title. In the Philippines ($2.7 million) and Thailand ($1.8 million), it secured the top opening day of all time.
Directed by the Russo brothers, the mega-superhero mashup begins rolling out Thursday night in North America, where it is widely expected to score the top debut of all time for a superhero pic.
Tracking suggests it will open north of $225 million domestically, but many believe it has a shot at surpassing fellow Disney pic Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million) to land the top North American opening in history (Disney is being conservative in sticking to $210 million-plus). Infinity War has become ticket seller Fandango's No. 3 movie of all time in terms of presales. The only films Avengers' couldn't conquer were 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which retains the No. 1 presales spot, and last year's Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is No. 2. Infinity War managed to top 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (No. 4) and fellow Marvel title Black Panther (No. 5), which has earned more than $1.3 billion since opening in February.