'Avengers: Infinity War' Breaks Record for Biggest Box Office Opening Weekend Ever
By John Boone
Turns out, when you put Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Pratt in a movie together -- not to mention Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira, Tom Holland, Zoe Saldana, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan and more -- people will go see it.
Avengers: Infinity War has officially scored the biggest film opening of all time, earning an estimated $258.2 million domestically and besting the previous record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. (Seeing as they are both Disney movies, the Mouse House is having a very rich few years.)
The Avengers threequel raked in an additional $382.7 million internationally, for a worldwide haul of $640.9 million -- which is another record, shattered: In ticket sales, Disney hit the halfway to a billion mark faster than any other studio.
Thanos himself, Josh Brolin, took to Instagram to celebrate the news. "Hey guys, I just want to say that I'm completely blown away at the business that Avengers: Infinity War has done," he said, continuing on to thank the cast and crew.
"It's the biggest opening in history, and that's because of you," he thanked the fans. "All the people who grew up with this, all the people that lived this since they were children. I hope that you're satisfied with the result, because I know I am. I'm blown away by the movie. I've seen it twice now, once with my wife and I -- we snuck into a theater and saw it and really got to take it in and it was something else. So, thank you guys so much, without you this wouldn’t happen."
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige also released a letter to "the greatest fans," remarking that the reception to Infinity War has been "beyond our wildest dreams."