Infinity War Spends Infinity at No. 1

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Infinity War

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.

Overboard finished fourth with $10.1 million. And A Quiet Place, which has quietly become the year’s third biggest movie ($169.6 million), tiptoed into fifth with $6.4 million.

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.

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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seraph_unsung 8 months ago
 @Abraham Lincoln 

I do think that the build-up is part of what makes Infinity War special (I was especially impressed with some of the more quiet moments, like the early scene where Tony Stark is simply walking down a street while chaos unfolds), even as I've understandably seen that criticized since the movie could hardly stand on its own—but then, as a "sequel" or a follow-up not only to its own Avengers series, but to a million other sub-franchises, does it need to be able to stand on its own as a separate film?

@Plugged In staff

If I may say this respectfully, I really, really think you need to take a very long look at your comment sections and at how ridiculous and uncalled-for some of the comments and exchanges are.  I don't think that's the sort of atmosphere you want to cultivate here, and I definitely don't think it's the sort of portrait of Christianity we wish, or should wish, to portray to the world.  If even other Christians are being needlessly alienated, what then should we say if someone outside the faith (or even outside the Republican/conservative political ideology) decides to get involved in our community?  Do we tell them to leave, or do we help them feel as welcome as possible so long as they themselves are polite and cooperative?  We don't need more disastrous comment threads.
Ann M. 8 months ago
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seraph_unsung 8 months ago
I very much appreciate this. Thank you, ma'am.
seraph_unsung 8 months ago
@Anonymous

Internationally I do believe Deadpool did make more money than The Passion in the worldwide box office, but I was only meaning to refer to the U.S. box office.  I hope that makes sense.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I think so, thanks for explaining. :)

-Evan
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

The internet gives you ads based on your browsing habits. If it was constantly showing you Deadpool 2, it's because you were looking at stuff in the same genre. In other words, you've got no one to blame but yourself!

I’m still hoping that Infinity War crushes DP2, though.
seraph_unsung 8 months ago
I'm just hoping The Passion of the Christ holds onto the record for lifetime U.S. gross for R-rated movies.  Deadpool 1 [disclaimer: didn't watch, no opinion on the movie itself] came close. http://www.boxofficemojo.com/alltime/domestic/mpaa.htm
Anonymous 8 months ago
Actually, I think Deadpool surpassed Passion of the Christ in box office revenue....

PotC: $611.9 Million
Deadpool: $783.1 million

-Evan
Abraham Lincoln 8 months ago
Deadpool is, as you said, rather smug - that's actually a great way to put it; it thinks it's better than it is. Which is disappointing, because the film does have a lot of sly, clever, subversive humor that's ruined by the pervasiveness of its violence, language, and sexual content. It's one of the movies where I wish I could enjoy it, but I can't. They went overboard.
Anonymous 8 months ago
That's exactly what I think whenever I see anything related to the Deadpool movies, I really enjoy the witty meta humor, but the try-hard "edgy" jokes just really come off as insufferable.

-Evan
Abraham Lincoln 8 months ago
Infinity War is the pinnacle of superhero film and it is pure comic book perfection. In my opinion, it's the best superhero movie ever made, actually. I can't even overhype this enough, it's just that good. Absolutely astonishing in every way. It 100% deserves the records it's setting.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Even though I think The Dark Knight is a better movie than Infinity War, I also think that Infinity War is the better comic book movie between the two.

I’m planning to see the movie again on Wednesday; truly a film that I’ll remember for years to come!
Abraham Lincoln 8 months ago
Okay, that's a close one! The Dark Knight is incredible... They're honestly such different movies, it's hard to even make the comparison! I think The Dark Knight is much more morally fascinating and complex, while Infinity War is a masterclass in incredible action, thrills, and expertly juggling 20+ beloved characters. :)
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Posted by First Comment Guy

Um, ok.
Anonymous 8 months ago
I mean, the Jimmy Timmy Power Hour was one of the greatest crossover movies of all time. ;)

-Evan
Abraham Lincoln 8 months ago
Actually, I didn't say it was the pinnacle of filmmaking, I said it was the pinnacle of superhero film. Big difference. :)
Anonymous 8 months ago
 @bobed  Always good to see a fellow Jimmy Nuetron fan! :)
seraph_unsung 8 months ago
It was a lot better than I expected it to be.  It's basically the Harry Potter trick all over again (spend years delivering high-quality entertainment to intensely devoted fanbase, then start throwing gut punches en masse), but it's a really good trick and is probably very difficult to pull off since we've seen any number of other franchises or would-be franchises hardly get off the ground.
Abraham Lincoln 8 months ago
Agreed! 90% of what makes Infinity War so special is the fact that it couldn't possibly exist without 10 years of actually good movies that made people invested in the world. Marvel has done wonders with its films.
charitysplace 8 months ago
Haven't seen Infinity War. Don't plan to. I'm frankly a bit bored with super heroes.

Admittedly, a movie more in my interest rage is Mary Shelley -- out in a couple of weeks. I hope. So far it's a Limited Release, so I have no clue if that means I'll be able to see it anytime soon...
Chuck Anziulewicz 8 months ago
I know people who have seen this film more than once. It's been getting pretty great reviews, even the review here on PluggedIn makes it sound worthwhile. But fact is, I've just gotten worn out on superhero movies! The last one I saw was "Spider-Man: Homecoming," which admittedly was pretty good. But the rest of the MCU films just don't seem to interest me. I HATED "Guardians of the Galaxy." 
Anonymous 8 months ago
I've gotten burnt out by superhero movies recently as well, though I did see Black Panther for my sister's birthday a week ago and I loved it. It's probably my favorite Marvel movie so far.

-Evan