I’m beginning to wonder whether Disney somehow snagged an Infinity Stone—perhaps Doctor Strange’s Time Stone. After all, Avengers: Infinity War seems to be repeating history every week: another weekend, another record or two, another win.
The weekend’s two major newcomers couldn’t come close to topping Disney/Marvel’s purple-tinged titan. It earned an estimated $61.8 million, pushing its total North American haul to $547.8 million. That’s the eighth highest domestic tally in history, and it’d be by far the highest-grossing flick for the year if it wasn’t for Marvel stablemate Black Panther.
(Black Panther is still lapping up saucers full of simoleons itself, by the way. Even as Disney pushes the movie out to video, it’s still in theaters, too, and it collected another $1.9 million this weekend which brings its total domestic gross to $696.2 million. Chadwick Boseman and Danai Gurira, who star in Black Panther and figure prominently in Infinity War, have now been a part of 2018 movies that have collectively earned more than $1.2 billion in North America alone.)
But as good as it’s doing stateside, Infinity War’s real dominance can be best seen overseas. It finally opened in China, the world’s second largest movie market, and it didn’t disappoint, boasting the second highest opening in the country’s history. Infinity War has earned more than $1 billion overseas and $1.6 billion in total, making it the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time worldwide … in just 17 days.
The weekend’s two freshmen did their best to keep Infinity War in their sights … with finite success. Melissa McCarthy’s newest laugher, Life of the Party, finished second to Infinity War, collecting $18.5 million. Third-place Breaking In didn’t break the bank, but it did make $16.5 million, which is a lot more than I made this weekend.
Can Infinity War make it Thor, er, four in a row? Another Marvel superhero may have something to say about that. And the thing about that guy … he never shuts up.