Infinity War Box Office Update
It’s becoming less and less likely that Avengers – Infinity War will challenge Star Wars – The Force Awakens for domestic box office superiority.
Infinity War earned a very good $31 million in its second Friday, which brought its domestic total through eight days to an impressive $369,760,540.
And while that is a very large number, according to boxofficemojo.com, Infinity War still trailed Force Awakens’ eight-day total by over $70 million.
And while word of mouth is still going strong for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s biggest opener to date (Infinity War set a domestic opening-weekend record with $257 million), it has slowed down considerably and expectedly.
It was a long shot for Infinity War to actually challenge The Force Awakens’ record $936,662,225 million domestic haul. Dropping more than $70 million back in the race through eight days makes it very unlikely that it will happen.
The money monster that Force Awakens became from December 2015 into spring 2016 will be overtaken someday, but it looks like we’ll have to wait for another big-name challenger and possibly a few more years of economic inflation and raised ticket prices before we get there.
Infinity War could, however, still overtake Episode VII in the worldwide box office.
Marvel announced Saturday that it had crossed the $1 billion mark in just 11 days. That’s one day better than Force Awakens, which had the benefit of an earlier China opening (Infinity War opens in China on May 11). When the Avengers hit China, expect a very large bump to that worldwide total. The film opened in Russia this weekend, another large international market.
That China opening is the big game-changer still to come for Infinity War. Once the film hits Chinese theaters, we’ll have a clearer picture on whether or not it has a legitimate shot to overtake Force Awakens or even make a challenge to be the first film to hit $2.5 billion at the worldwide box office.
In the meantime, if you’re a fan, you can always help boost the numbers by going to see it again in theaters.