Box Office: “Avengers: Infinity Wars” Debuts at $250-M, a Record High Domestic Open!
$DIS, $IMAX, $VIA
“Avengers: Infinity Wars” opened with a $250-M box office at the weekend and edging past “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” to set the highest opening weekend of all-time.
“Infinity War,” brings together about 24 superheroes in the 10-year culmination of Marvel Studio’s “cinematic universe,” also set a new global opening record with $630-M even though it’s yet to open in China, the world’s 2nd-largest movie market. It opens there on 11 May.
According to the Walt Disney Co.’s (NYSE:DIS) estimates Sunday, “Infinity War” overwhelmed the previous global best “The Fate of the Furious” with $541.9-M, but narrowly topped “The Force Awakens” in North America. The “Star Wars” reboot debuted with $248-M in Y 2015.
But both intergalactic blockbusters belong to Disney, which now owns 9 of the Top 10 opening weekends ever, 6 of them belong to Marvel releases.
The track record for Marvel, along with the hyper, extravagant effort put into the long-planned “Infinity War,” made the record-setting weekend was s coronation for Kevin Feige’s Marvel, the most dominant force in a Hollywood now.
The 2 3/4 hrs “Infinity War” is 1 of the largest films ever assembled. With a production budget reportedly almost $300-M.
It was shot over 18 months back-to-back with a sequel due out next Summer. Marvel spent years laying the groundwork for the big showdown. The result earned positive reviews and an A CinemaScore from audiences.
“Infinity War” was also the 1st film shot entirely with IMAX cameras. IMAX screenings accounted for a record $41-M of the weekend’s global ticket sales.
No new wide releases dared to compete with “Infinity War,” which played at 4,474 theaters in North America.
In a very distant 2nd spot “A Quiet Place” with $10.7-M in its 4th frame. With $148.2-M in total ticket sales, the Paramount Pictures, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) thriller had Topped the NA box office 3 of the last 4 weekends.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at US and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic box office figures will be released Monday.
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