Marvel has kicked off the summer movie season with a bang many times over the years, but no bang has been bigger than the one set off by Thanos and “Avengers: Infinity War,” which is now the first summer film to gross $2 billion worldwide. Here are all the records it broke on the way there
Biggest domestic opening weekend of all-time: Since its release in December 2015: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” has held many of the top domestic records. “Infinity War” has taken many of those records, starting with its opening weekend haul. The film earned $257.6 million in its North American launch, topping the $247.9 million made by J.J. Abrams’ film.
Biggest global opening weekend of all-time: “Infinity War” raked in an amazing $380 million overseas for a global total of $640.5 during its late-April first weekend, beating the record set by “Fate of the Furious” by nearly $100 million. And it did this despite the fact the film didn’t launch in China until exactly two weeks later. The U.K. led the way with $42 million, closely followed by Korea with $39 million and Mexico with $25 million.
Biggest domestic opening Saturday: Avengers earned $83 million on its first Saturday, shattering the previous record of $69.5 million made by “Jurassic World” in 2015.
Biggest global superhero movie opening: It’s not even a contest. The $640 million global start for “Infinity War” was 49 percent higher than the previous global launch record for a superhero film, which belonged to “Batman v Superman” with $422.5 million. It’s also only $17 million less than the total worldwide box office made by “Justice League” in 2017.
Sixth film with a $200 million-plus opening: The MCU now owns half of the six members of the $200 million club, with “Infinity War” joining its fellow 2018 sensation, “Black Panther” and the first “Avengers.” “The Force Awakens,” “Jurassic World,” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” complete the group. MCU films now also make six of the top ten biggest domestic openings ever.
Fastest film to $1 billion worldwide: “Infinity War” became the 34th film to hit the ten-digit mark in just 11 days, one day faster than “The Force Awakens”
Biggest global summer release: After four weeks in global theaters, “Infinity War” passed the $1.67 billion made by “Jurassic World” three years ago.
Seventh film to gross over $1 billion outside North America: The $1.34 billion international total for “Infinity War” sits third among all releases and is higher than the global total for recent megahits like “Black Panther” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Other films that have grossed over $1 billion overseas include the last two “Fast & Furious” movies.
Highest opening weekend in China: (U.S. Dollars): The $2 billion milestone became a fait accompli after “Infinity War” blew by all expectations for its opening weekend in China. The $200 million it made in its Middle Kingdom opener is the highest in Chinese box office history in U.S. dollars, and second in yuan behind “The Fate of the Furious,” according to currency exchange rates.
Top 5 highest grossing domestic releases: Shortly before hitting $2 billion worldwide, “Infinity War” passed “Jurassic World” to enter the top five all-time domestic list with over $654 million.
Fourth film to gross $2 billion worldwide: Only three films before “Avengers: Infinity War” — “Titanic,” “Avatar,” and “The Force Awakens” — have hit this milestone in movie history. One of them needed two re-releases to do it, and all three were released in December. “Avengers: Infinity War,” at the start of the busiest period on the blockbuster calendar, has now joined them.