Big Weekend for Infinity War
This weekend was a big one for Avengers – Infinity War.
The Marvel/Disney goliath jumped up to No. 8 all-time domestically, leading its third straight weekend with almost $62 million. Infinity War also moved to fifth all-time globally, passing Black Panther for 2018‘s largest worldwide haul, along the way.
Infinity War is actually slowing a bit at the domestic box office, but in the international markets, it’s just getting started. The film opened in China this weekend to the second-largest opening in that country’s history. Chinese estimates say Infinity War opened to around the equivalent of $200 million.
Infinity War now sits behind just Black Panther for the 2018 domestic crown. Black Panther ended the majority of its theatrical run this week, as it was also released for digital purchase. It was still the No. 9 movie on the weekend, bringing in just under $2 million.
Think about that, for a second. Black Panther opened on Feb. 16, ran until mid-May and pulled in almost $2 million – good enough for a top 10 finish – in its 13th week. That is a phenomenal theatrical run.
Infinity War would be lucky to have those kind of legs. If it is able to make comparable cash in the latter part of its run, it could end up somewhere between $750 million and $800 million, domestically. After this weekend, Black Panther leads the year with $696 million and Infinity War is the only other film close at $548 million.
Star Wars – The Force Awakens holds the domestic record at $948 million, and according to BoxOfficeMojo.com, that film had earned $742 million through its first 17 days. Infinity War was at just under $548 million through the same period, falling further behind the galaxy far, far away.
Now, worldwide, Infinity War does have a chance to pass The Force Awakens, which finished at $2.068 billion. Thanks to its big China opening, where the Avengers are bigger names than Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, Infinity War has jumped up to No. 5 all-time worldwide with $1.607 billion. Infinity War was in its second weekend in Russia, as well, and with a second large weekend in China likely, Infinity War definitely has a shot to pass Episode VII in worldwide totals.
It has no real shot, however, to pass Avatar’s record $2.788 billion worldwide total from winter 2009 into spring 2010.
Infinity War could make a run at Titanic, though, which sits at No. 2 worldwide with $2.187 billion.
Infinity War’s legs will be tested in the next two weekends.
Deadpool 2 opens May 18 and then Solo hits theaters, and you can expect both films to take a bite out of Infinity War’s repeat business.