“Avengers: Infinity War” is off and soaring at the box office, with industry estimates putting the film’s opening day totals at $106 million.
That edges the $104 million opening day result for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” and makes Marvel’s massive anniversary crossover only the third film to gross over $100 million on opening day alongside “Last Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
As has long been expected, “Infinity War” will become the sixth film in box office history with an opening weekend of over $200 million and the biggest launch ever for a superhero film.
But at this range, comps are nearly nonexistent and estimates become less precise. The film is expected to finish the weekend with $235-$245 million, but still has a chance to beat the all-time record set by “Force Awakens” at $248 million if it continues to perform even beyond analysts’ sky-high expectations on Saturday.
Disney is keeping their estimates a bit lower at $225-240 million.
Regardless, the enormous box office numbers for “Avengers” and February’s record-shattering “Black Panther” have now made Disney the fastest studio ever to gross $1 billion domestically in a calendar year at 117 days.
Interest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has resulted in “Black Panther” returning to the top five this weekend, bringing its domestic total to $685 million. The third film Disney has released this year, “A Wrinkle In Time,” also contributed $94 million to the studio’s 2018 total.