"Avengers: Infinity War" reaches new milestone at weekend box office

An unprecedented cinematic journey ten years in the making and spanning the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" brings to the screen the ultimate, deadliest showdown of all time.

That marks the second-largest opening weekend in China for the Marvel Studios film, in terms of local currency. It ousted Universal's "The Fate of the Furious", which drew $541.9 million worldwide on its opening box office release in 2017. The sequel is expected to have a domestic opening north of $150 million. The Saturday gross of $77.49 million is the best single day gross ever of all-time for a foreign film in China.

The film has supplanted the lifetime worldwide total of films such as Jurassic World ($1.019 billion) and The Fate of the Furious ($1.010 billion), courtesy of the extraordinary opening in China, as of May 13. In Avengers: Infinity War, the Avengers join forces with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop Thanos, who is trying to collect the Infinity Stones.

Fifth-highest global release of all-time and eighth-highest domestic release.

The Disney release earned $62 million domestic, topping the weekend gross chart for the third week in a row.

China's first home-grown aircraft carrier launches
The ship's chief engineering commander, Hu Wenming, told the broadcaster the carrier was smaller than US carriers' Nimitz class. With the induction of INS Vikrant and "Type 001A", both India and China will have two operational aircraft carriers.

The film has also become the fastest film to cross US$1 billion (S$1.34 billion) globally, with the possibility that it could hit US$2 billion by the end of its theatrical run, according to Forbes. The box office is likely to see a boost in coming weeks as "Deadpool 2" opens May 18 and "Solo: A Star Wars Story" bows on May 25.

For the purposes of this article, I applied that same 51% increase to the opening for Avengers: Infinity War to form an estimate of how much more it will gross from China.

In the race for top domestic superhero movie, "Infinity War" ($547.8 million) still has a ways to go to top Disney/Marvel's "Black Panther" ($696.2 million).

Now that Infinity War is entertaining fans in cinemas around the world, certain details regarding the film's inner workings are starting to come to light.

Related Articles