Final Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Climbs to $258M in U.S.; $641M Globally

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Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War kicked off the summer box office in high style over the weekend, opening to a record-setting $258.2 million in North America and $382.7 million overseas for a global total of $640.9 million, the top worldwide debut of all time, according to final numbers. The superhero mashup accomplished the feat without China, where it doesn’t unfurl until May 11.avengers-cap-7

 

Final numbers released Monday were up from Sunday’s estimates, which showed Infinity War debuting to $250 million domestically and $630 million internationally.

 

Fellow Disney title Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million) was the previous record-holder for biggest domestic bow, while Universal’s The Fate of the Furious had held the record for biggest global start ($541.9 million).

Infinity War‘s box-office victory was aided by the biggest Saturday of all time in North America ($83 million), as well as the biggest Sunday ($69 million), reflecting powerful word of mouth. The tentpole cost close to $300 million to produce before a major marketing spend.

Directed by the Russo brothers, Avengers: Infinity War is the most ambitious amassing of superheroes ever on the big screen and comes as Marvel Studios — led by Kevin Feige — celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In 2009, Walt Disney Co. chief Bob Iger paid $4 billion to acquire Marvel Entertainment, even though many of the superhero characters in Marvel’s stable were unproven.

“Marvel spent 10 years methodically and carefully creating a universe of characters, worlds and stories that all led to this and, in doing so, created an event unlike anything the business has ever seen,” said Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis as he prepares to exit the top post and turn his job over to studio veteran Cathleen Taff.

 

“We have been sitting here all weekend in astonishment,” added Taff.

 

Infinity War is the first film to be shot entirely with Imax cameras. Imax theaters in turn delivered $41 million of the total worldwide gross, the biggest showing ever for a Marvel title. The U.S. share was $22.5 million.

 

Weekend Box Office 4/29/18

3-Day Weekend Box Office Actuals – Source: comScore
Weekend Cume Theaters Week
1. Avengers: Infinity War $257.7M $258.7M 4,474 1
2. A Quiet Place $11.0M $148.5M 3,565 4
3. I Feel Pretty $8.2M $29.6M 3,440 2
4. Rampage $7.2M $78.0M 3,508 3
5. Black Panther $4.7M $688.4M 1,650 11
6. Super Troopers 2 $3.7M $22.2M 2,125 2
7. Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare $3.3M $35.4M 2,420 3
8. Blockers $3.0M $53.3M 2,324 4
9. Ready Player One $2.6M $130.8M 2,365 5
10. Traffik $1.7M $6.8M 1,046 2
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  Disney/Marvel Studios
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