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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ sets new box office record with $250 million opening weekend

Published Apr 30th, 2018 6:50AM EDT
Avengers: Infinity War Box Office
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Avengers: Infinity War just set a new box-office record, opening at $250 million. That probably surprises nobody, especially fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

It’s mission accomplished for Disney, which spent $300 million to make the biggest superheroes movie of all time. And we’re looking at part one of the Infinity War. A sequel is scheduled for the first half of 2019.

Disney now holds nine of the top 10 biggest box-office domestic openings of all time per The Wall Street Journal. The former record holder was Disney’s 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $248 million during the opening weekend.

Globally, Infinity War grossed $630 million, and that’s without including China, where the movie launches only on May 11th. The previous record holder was The Fate of the Furious which took home $541 million globally during its launch weekend last year.

For Disney, the Infinity War success comes only months after Black Panther hit, which has become the world’s 10th highest-grossing film in the meantime, with $1.331 billion in sales. It’s very likely Avengers: Infinity War will top that, given that China is the world’s second-largest movie market.

Disney, meanwhile, made $1 billion domestically in just 117 days this year, which is also an industry record.

Read our spoiler-free review if you haven’t seen the new Avengers movie. Once you’re done with it, check out our explainer for that cool post-credits scene, as well as our roundup of all the Avengers deaths in this first Infinity War episode — yes, people die in wars, and this is not a spoiler.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.