Now, we all knew that Avengers: Infinity War has been doing pretty well for itself; it’s pretty much all we’ve heard about over the past few weeks. But it turns out it’s not only doing well, but is also smashing records – having taken an estimated $630 million (£460m) at the worldwide box office for its opening weekend, according to Disney.
If that’s the case, this shatters the record for the biggest worldwide opening, which was held by Universal’s The Fate of the Furious, which made $541m (£392m) for its global opening last year.
The latest Avengers film is also thought to have brought in a whopping $250m (£181m) domestically over the weekend, nudging Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot for that accolade.
“Disney masterfully combined all of the separate elements of the Marvel brand and brought them together in an enormous and irresistible epic popcorn movie,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore (SCOR).
He added: “Infinity War will effectively reverse the down trending box office we’ve seen so far this year and get the industry on track setting the stage for what could be a big summer.”
“I think films like this show that we, as studios, just need to keep building and telling the right stories,” Greg Mason, vice-president of marketing for Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada, told CBC News.
The film was off to a great start, finishing the first day of screenings with a massive $106m (£77m) – at the time sitting behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the all-time list.
Obviously this makes it the biggest opening figures for a Marvel release by some distance.
And it seems Ryan Reynolds is a little jealous of the success that his Avengers rivals are enjoying, having jokingly tweeted a rejection letter from the gang.
The letter, which is signed from Tony Stark – aka Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man – tells Deadpool ‘absolutely not’ to the idea of joining the Avengers team.
Reynolds captioned the photo: “From a guy who never knows when to quit, I’m glad you guys never did.
But, showing he’s not completely bitter, he added: “Congrats #Avengers.”
I mean, maybe Deadpool should go and rally his own army of superheroes if the Avengers lot won’t let him join the party. That could make for a seriously epic spin-off series, after all…
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