‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Bests ‘The Force Awakens’ to Become Largest Box Office Opening Weekend of All Time

We’ve known that Avengers: Infinity War was going to be big, we didn’t quite know just how big. Early estimates from weeks before put the film right around the $230 -$240 million range, undoubtedly a success, just not enough to have it break the opening weekend record. Well, that record has been shattered, and then some.

Avengers: Infinity War has made, as of tallies currently (although more accurate numbers may come through during the next day or two) a whopping $257.7 million through its opening weekend (Thursday night through Sunday Night). Star Wars: The Force Awakens held the title of largest opening weekend for the past 2 ½ years when it took in $248 million back in late 2015. Disney and experts were unsure as to whether the newest MCU flick could beat out the first Star Wars film in over a decade, but time proved them wrong. Of the top five openings of all time, only Star Wars: The Last Jedi was not able to be at the top of the table for a stretch.

As you can see above, Black Panther and now Avengers: Infinity War both have made over $200 million in their first three days, making it the first time since 2015 that two films have accomplished the feat, and the first time for the same studio. Disney’s parent company, Buena Vista, holds nine of the ten spots in the top ten opening weekends of all time, with only Universal’s Jurassic World being the outlier. That’s sure to change, though, with this summer’s release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

Not only in the states did Avengers: Infinity War crush the box office, but worldwide it now holds the opening weekend record at $640.2 million, nearly $100 million more than number two, The Fate of the Furious.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens also holds the records for fastest to $500 million domestically and to $1 billion internationally, 10 and 12 days, respectfully. A record that Avengers: Infinity War will surely make a race for.

*Photo from Box Office Mojo*

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Mark A. Silba

Mark is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cinema 35. He currently has his BA in Film and Media studies from Arizona State University. He currently lives in Gilbert, AZ where he spends most of his time seeing the latest theatrical releases.

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