8:04pm PT by Patrick Brzeski
China Grants 'Avengers: Infinity War' One-Month Release Extension
Marvel and Disney's global box-office smash Avengers: Infinity War has received a 30-day release extension in China, where it has already earned a whopping $358.3 million.
Such extensions are customary for films that are continuing to sell tickets after their first month on Chinese screens. Past U.S. titles to be granted extended runs include Disney's Zootopia and Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge.
China has been instrumental in helping Infinity War edge toward the $2 billion mark worldwide. As of Thursday, the Joe and Anthony Russo-directed juggernaut's global total was $1.974 billion. It is expected to tick over into $2 billion sometime early next week.
Infinity War is Hollywood's third-biggest earner in China of all time — behind only Universal's The Fate of the Furious ($392.8 million) and Furious 7 ($390.9 million) — and the eighth-largest film in China overall, including local blockbusters.
Although Infinity War was able to easily beat out Disney's own Solo: A Star Wars Story, which bombed in China, it will face more formidable competition in the weeks ahead from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on June 15, as well as Disney and Pixar’s Incredibles 2 on June 22.