Avengers: Infinity War crushed it in China this weekend. With a $200M (RMB 1.266B) debut, the Disney/Marvel movie becomes the 2nd biggest industry three-day bow behind The Fate Of The Furious (in local currency). That helped push the Anthony and Joe Russo juggernaut across the $1B mark at the international box office with $1.059B to date. The estimated global cume through Sunday is $1,606.8M.
The worldwide figure makes Infinity War the biggest MCU title ever, passing The Avengers. The superpowered threequel is now the No. 5 global release of all time.
The worldwide weekend was worth a staggering $343.1M which was mega-fueled by China where the Avengers collected enough stones to already exceed the entire runs of The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3. They also rep the No. 9 western release of all time in the Middle Kingdom after just three days.
Elsewhere, the movie was No. 1 again domestically and No. 1 in the majority of offshore markets. Cap’n’crew’s overseas total further moves them to No. 5 on the all-time international release chart. This pushes Disney across $2B in international grosses in 2018 to date.
Will the global tally get to $2B? At roughly $400M from the benchmark, it’s a question mark. China will likely throw off a 1.5+ multiple, but recall that Deadpool 2starts mouthing off this week in most international markets (not China, natch), and he’s expected to do the business. After that, there’s a host of global tentpoles to follow. We’ll see how China and other avid markets do in the midweeks and what the holds are versus DP2.
But let’s still revisit that China opening. If we were looking at dollars, Infinity Warbeat Fate Of The Furious as the No. 1 opening weekend ever. Both movies include the now built-in ticketing fee that we’ve talked about before, but local currency is really what counts. That’s why we call this the No. 2 bow ever as noted above.
The Marvel franchise is big in the Middle Kingdom and anticipation was clear for this one. There was some online backlash about the April presentation of the film in Shanghai where local fans felt there was too much emphasis placed on celebrities non-endemic to the movie. This clearly had no impact on the opening weekend.
Elsewhere in the world, Paramount/Platinum Dunes’ John Krasinski-helmed A Quiet Place crossed $100M internationally and New Line/Warner Bros’ Rampage is on the cusp of $400M worldwide.