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Avengers: Infinity War lays waste to box office records

on April 30, 2018, 2:31pm

Thanos came, Thanos saw, Thanos conquered. And we’re not just talking about what happened on screen during Avengers: Infinity War, either. The latest and largest entry in Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially a box office juggernaut, having smashed a number of box office records during its opening weekend.

Like the Infinity Stones themselves, Avengers seemed to have unlimited box office power, bringing in a simply staggering $258 million in domestic take and $641 globally. Those numbers make it the largest opening weekend ever recorded, besting the $247.9 million Star Wars: The Force Awakens made in North America in December 2015 and The Fate of the Furious’ $541.9 worldwide opening box office. Even more impressively, Avengers didn’t have the world’s second biggest movie-going market, China, to boost its numbers like Fate of the Furious did. (It opens in the Middle Kingdom on May 11th.)

(Read: After Avengers: Infinity War, What’s Next for the Marvel Cinematic Universe?)

Other records broken by Infinity War include biggest Saturday and Sunday single-day gross, biggest April opening, and biggest spring opening, as well as fastest to $150, $200, and $250 million. Think of that: This film made a quarter of a billion dollars in one weekend. Not only that, but its release actually seemed to boost the other MCU entry currently in theaters, Black Panther. That film was at No. 8 at the box office last week, but despite leaving 280 North American theaters, it jumped to fifth place over the weekend.

As if the $15.4 billion — that’s with a “b” — the MCU has made since its inception 10 years ago hadn’t already solidified it as mightier than the struggling DC Extended Universe, this massive Avengers: Infinity War opening makes it unquestionable. By the end of Monday, Infinity War will have made more at the worldwide box office than Justice League did in its entire run ($657.9 million). That’s five days (Thursday through Monday) to bring in as much as JL did in 17 weeks.

Oh, and let’s not forget this is just part one of a two-parter. In other words, enjoy the record while you can, Avengers: Infinity War, because you’ll probably lose it in a year.

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