If you recall, Disney moved the release of Marvel Studios’ super hero tent-pole “Avengers: Infinity War” up a week which turned out to be a great move. It was the only new wide release this weekend and was able to set a record at the domestic box office with an estimated $250 million debut. The previous record as 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” with $247.9M.
Update: Disney has now revised its estimates update. The domestic total is now expected to pass $257.7 and global total is a fantastic $640.4M. Marvel now holds six of the top 10 opening weekends of all time, and The Walt Disney Studios holds nine of the top 10.
Globally, Infinity War managed a record too with $630M in worldwide box office (and the Chinese market won’t even open until May 11). “The Fate Of The Furious” previously held the record after racing to $543M last year.
The opening weekend also included a few other record crushing moments for Infinity War:
- Largest Superhero opening of all time
- Largest Saturday & Largest Sunday of all time domestically
As you might expect Disney is pretty happy with these results.
“It’s an extraordinary, extraordinary weekend,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s distribution chief.
Infinity War is the third film in the Avengers series and the 19th in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The fourth Avengers movie, and the dramatic conclusion (reportedly) to Infinity War is scheduled to open May 3, 2019.
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