“Avengers: Infinity War” has finally descended upon theaters and has left a historic footmark. Thursday night previews we’re record-breaking for Marvel’s standards, grossing $39 million domestically. Conquering “Black Panther’s” $25.2 million, but falling behind “Last Jedi’s” $45 million and “Force Awakens” record-holding $57 million. But Marvel would get the last laugh with a historic Friday gross by earning $105 million and then following up with an $83 million Saturday.
Add in a $69 million Sunday, and “Avengers: Infinity War” officially became the sole owner of the highest grossing opening weekend of all-time at both the domestic and worldwide box office. With a monstrous gross of $258 million (completely overshadowing “Force Awakens” $247 million) and a $641 million worldwide opening ($341 million from overseas), “Avengers: Infinity War” has made more than half a billion dollars in a matter of four days. I, among others, predicted this large opening and since it’s my favorite movie of the year thus far, I couldn’t be happier for Marvel Studios.
The ten years of investment has paid off, but it's also because of the twists and turns that take place in this film that has led to this success. Each one of those reveals and shocks will be discussed on Flick Crave this Wednesday in an Ebert-style film summary review that will include my predictions, my thoughts, and my conspiracy theories that stem from comic book lore. Make sure to check back in Wednesday for that, but in ordinance with this historic box office opening, it's worth taking a look at how much this cinematic event affected everyone else's box office weekend. As “A Quiet Place” and “I Feel Pretty” both dropped by nearly 50% and “Rampage” dropped by more than 60%, but Marvel’s “Black Panther” dropped by 11% from last weekend and found itself back in the top five of the weekend grosses. Placing two Marvel films in the top five of the weekend as “Black Panther” found itself with a nice boost of about $4 million.
I usually discuss the upcoming weekend box office estimates, but we can assume “Avengers: Infinity War” will continue it's run as it seems there is no competition to be found as the only contestant to be found is Jason Reitman’s small budget film, “Tully.” We can assume that “Tully” isn’t going to conquer Marvel’s big season finale, but another question is if the legs of “Avengers: Infinity War” will be able to run past “Avatar’s” $2.788 billion?
I think that record may be just outside of the gauntlet’s reach, but we’ll have to wait and see as “Avengers: Infinity War” has yet to open in China’s market. We’ll have to wait an additional two weeks before we can study the effect of “Infinity War’s” narrative upon the biggest foreign market, but in the meantime, we can all watch the box office closely to see if everyone will return to the theatre to see the film again. I have seen it four times already, so that box office gross is mostly because of me right? Despite my obsession with this cinematic epic, “Avengers: Infinity War” will continue to flourish at the box office and continue to break records for both Marvel and the box office as well, but how much more can Thanos accomplish.