Avengers: To Infinity and the Box Office!

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It came bent on utter domination. Once it was through, it left smoldering ruins in its wake. Try as its adversaries might, nothing could stop this awe-inducing, terrifying, world-destroying juggernaut.

Are we talking Thanos, perhaps? Galactus? Darkseid, maybe?

Nope. Try Avengers: Infinity War.

Disney/Marvel’s latest superhero flick didn’t just win the box office this weekend: It devoured it whole. Disney’s early estimates have Infinity War clearing $250 million in North America during its first weekend of work. That’s a record, topping 2015’s wildly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And given Disney’s historical conservatism in its estimates, Box Office Mojo believes that Infinity War might’ve earned several million more than we’re even reporting.

But why quibble over a couple mil here and there? That’s like Thanos fretting over the exact shade of lavender of the Power Infinity Stone. In just a little more than three days, Infinity War has become 2018’s second-biggest grossing movie domestically, trailing just fellow Marvel movie Black Panther.

Will the assembled Avengers overtake T’Challa et al before the year’s through? Hard to tell, but it’ll be a race worth watching. And whoever ultimately takes the crown, Disney wins.

Infinity War is doing just dandy overseas, too. It collected $380 million around the world, trailing only last year’s Fate of the Furious for the best foreign opening ever. But keep in mind, Fate relied heavily on China for its record-setting performance—a market that Infinity War won’t tap for another two weeks. (Nor has it yet opened in Russia, for that matter.)

Overall, Infinity War has earned $630 million, or thereabouts—a global record. Looks like Hulk isn’t the only monstrous green in play this weekend.

If Infinity War looked a little like Hulk at the box office, everyone else looked a little like Hawkeye (no offense, Clint). The newest Avengers movie raked in about five times that of the rest of the box office … combined.

A Quiet Place, last week’s champ, earned the somewhat dubious distinction of finishing second this week, but a very distant second it was: It collected just $10.7 million for its silver medal.

I Feel Pretty strutted into third place with $8.1 million, while Rampage rumbled to fourth with $7.1 million. Meanwhile, Black Panther, which had slid to eighth last weekend, rode the Avengers’ coattails back into the top five, adding another $4.4 million to its already superhuman overall gross. It has now earned $688 million in North America, making it the third-highest-earning domestic film in history.

Who wrote this?

Paul Asay has been writing for Plugged In since 2007 and loves superheroes and finding God in unexpected places. In addition, Paul has also written several books, with his newest—Burning Bush 2.0—recently published by Abingdon Press. When Paul’s not reviewing movies, he hikes with his wife, Wendy, runs marathons with his grown kids, Colin and Emily, and beats back unruly houseplants. Follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

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charitysplace 9 months ago
 @bobed  "Cameron failed to ride the movie's wave of brief popularity. He's taken way too long about it, and the sequels will bomb, make no mistake. "
I think you're wrong. Cameron has always written lousy scripts, but his *incredible* storytelling techniques / the beauty and awe-inspiring nature of his filmmaking brings people to the theater in droves. TITANIC is a visual masterpiece, as was AVATAR. Once he releases a trailer / more information, people will salivate -- and, I suspect, make him another billion dollars to add to his former haul at the box office.

But I guess we'll have to wait a couple years to see who's right.
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charitysplace 9 months ago
But those movies weren't directed by James Cameron, who not only knows how to package his product, but market it.
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Anonymous 9 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Hey, chill it with the ice puns; they're snow bad.
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Natasha Cover 9 months ago
<--- Still likes Avatar, thought it was a good movie with a good message about caring for the earth, and had a solid story with quality actors.  Plus there's still two sequels in theory in the works, so obviously not everyone has forgotten about it.  You're generalizing again, my good sir ;)
But rather than debating on that, I wanted to ask - Infinity War features several characters calling themselves gods whose origins lie in pagan mythology.  Doesn't that make Infinity War also paganistic and pantheistic?  Given the views you've stated for as long as I've seen your comments, I would think that you would dislike Infinity War just as much as Avatar for the same reasons.
charitysplace 9 months ago
I like Avatar too. Just re-watched my gorgeous HD Blu-Ray last month. I wish Cameron would move a little faster on the sequels, but he's a notorious perfectionist. ;)
Anonymous 9 months ago

Can you really judge on "levels of offensive pantheism" though? Seriously, you pretty much said anyone who liked Black Panther was supporting pagan gods. Now, you're saying a few 'god' side characters isn't so bad. Plus, you have the likes of Scarlet Witch and Doctor Strange, so clearly anyone who likes this movie is obviously involved with the occult and is therefore not a faithful Christian. In other words, one level is just as bad as the other.


Am I right in saying that or have I missed something? And yes, that was sarcasm, given what I've observed in your many comments.

Veronica Pyle 9 months ago
Not trying to shoehorn in on the argument here, but just to clarify, Scarlet Witch has nothing to do with the occult. Her powers of telekinesis and hypnosis were given to her by an experiment. They may call her a "witch" but there's technically nothing magicky about her. Now for Doctor Strange, he is explicitly called a sorcerer and all that, so such an argument is valid in his case. Just wanted to add that in, I'll remove myself now...
Veronica Pyle 9 months ago
Hey, I'm just referring to the movies, man. I get that comics are weird. Like, really weird. In the case of the movies, Chthon has never been mentioned and Wanda's powers are purely scientific--well, as scientific as anything gets in this world.
charitysplace 9 months ago
Avengers fans: was the movie all you hoped it would be? Did you cry? Walk out devastated? Think it was awesome?

I haven't seen it, but I've been spoiled, so spill the beans. ;)
Anonymous 9 months ago
I thought I was great! Yeah towards the end there were some really sad moments, but if we are being honest all of that will be undone in the next movie somehow. Also Thor was killer in this movie. I think the only disappointment for me was that there wasn't enough of Captain America, Falcon, Bucky, and Black Panther. If you are planning on seeing then by all means go see it! ;)
Natasha Cover 9 months ago
I'm waiting to form a solid opinion until the sequel next year.  I don't view this movie as a standalone, unless you consider it Thanos' movie, in which case it had an entire story arch for his character.  Really, them marketing it as an Avengers film instead of a Thanos film means that it's a two parter, and so I'll wait to see both parts before deciding how I feel.
That said, while it was excellent, I don't know that I would watch it again.  Too painful.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Larryboy makes a surprise appearance to sacrifice himself to save Lightning McQueen from Thanos. :)
Anonymous 9 months ago
I know. I cried when Larryboy died.
Anonymous 9 months ago
For goodness sakes guys this is about the Avengers (Which was absolutely AMAZING btw). Lets not carry on a long argument about a movie not even mentioned in this blog.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Seriously though, go see Isle of Dogs. :)
Anonymous 9 months ago
I'm just dropping by to say the following very important message: Everyone please drop what you're doing and go see Isle of Dogs immediately. It is a beautiful, heartfelt, and touching movie that needs to get even more attention than it already has. I saw it with my friends on Saturday, and we all agreed that it was one of the best movies we've ever seen. You will not regret it. 

This has been a very important message. Thank you.


(P.S. Sneak your dogs in if you can, because good boys need to see a good movie with positive dog representation in Hollywood. ;) )
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Anonymous 9 months ago
It was actually pretty mild as far as content was concerned. I mean, it's not a kids movie, by any means, but it certainly isn't as bad as you say. PluggedIn as a bit of a bad habit of accentuating the negative on content they don't like, which kind of makes sense considering that their main audience are people with little kids, but it does stifle a lot of actual conversations about a film's merits quite a bit around here.

Still, go see it and make up your mind afterwards. You won't regret it.
Anonymous 9 months ago
It's actually not really that much of downer (even if there were parts in which my friends and I almost cried). It's honestly a really heartfelt story about love, sacrifice, and the bonds between people and their dogs. It's a great film if you love dogs and even if you don't, it's still a great film. (Also, nobody on the main cast dies and it ends with a very uplifting note if you care about that sort of stuff.)