Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War is breaking all sorts of box office records – and it doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon. The 2018 superhero team-up film – directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and based on a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – is undoubtedly one of the biggest movies ever to grace the silver screen. It’s billed as the beginning of the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first saga that began with the original Iron Man movie way back in 2008.
Although it’s technically the first part of a two-part story, Avengers: Infinity War successfully unites virtually every major MCU character from across the shared universe as well as intersects storylines that span more than a dozen movies. It’s a rather unprecedented feat in filmmaking and a true achievement in that regard, despite what one may think of the movie itself. Because of that – and because the movie unites the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Guardians of the Galaxy against the Mad Titan Thanos – Avengers: Infinity War has taken off and broken several records in its path at both the domestic and worldwide box office.
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Avengers: Infinity War Broke Black Panther’s Presale Ticket Record
Avengers: Infinity War surpassed the last seven Marvel movies combined in terms of presale tickets sold. That meant passing Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther, which was the previous record-holder for most number of tickets presold for a superhero movie on Fandango. Sure, that may seem like a specific record, but most tickets are presold on Fandango and the sheer number of superhero movies hitting the market means there are a lot of properties to compete with. Plus, AMC also stated that Infinity War‘s presale tickets had surpassed Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron by more than 1,000 percent, which itself was more than 250 percent than Black Panther.
Avengers: Infinity War Set MCU Thursday Record
Considering that Avengers: Infinity War broke all presale ticket records, it makes sense that it would also set the record for Thursday night previews for an MCU movie . Avengers 3 grossed $39 million on Thursday, April 26, which was then factored into its single Friday gross. That number easily puts Infinity War past Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s previous record of $27.6 million that it set in 2015. The next movie that would logically break that record, if it’s even possible, is the Russo Brothers’ Avengers 4, due out in theaters in May 2019. That would be a nice way to keep the record streak going for the Avengers films.
Avengers: Infinity War Sets Single Saturday Gross Record
Avengers: Infinity War had the highest-grossing Saturday of all-time despite second for the highest-grossing Friday slot. Infinity War pulled in an astonishing $82.1 million on Saturday, April 28, which was technically its second official day of release in the United States. That number is significantly higher than the competition, too: Jurassic World ($69.64 million), Marvel’s The Avengers ($69.57 million), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($68.29 million), and Black Panther ($65.99 million). Granted, none of these numbers take into account ticket price inflation, but even so, Infinity War has a comfortable lead above every other movie to not worry.
Avengers: Infinity War Sets Single Sunday Gross Record
Avengers: Infinity War kept its record-breaking streak going over its opening weekend by taking the top spot on Sunday, April 29, as well. Infinity War grossed $69.23 million to pass Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ opening Sunday gross of $60.55 million. Again, even though box office records don’t take ticket price inflation into account for many, many reasons, Infinity War would still hold the record for highest-grossing single Sunday at the domestic box office if the numbers were adjusted for ticket price inflation, albeit not by as much as some people might think.