Bringing the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe together for one giant movie seems to have paid off, as Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War not only destroyed the competition to become the highest-grossing movie of the weekend, but now stands as the biggest worldwide opening in history.
Infinity War made an estimated $630 million at the global box office, easily besting the previous record held by Universal’s The Fate of the Furious, which debuted with $541 million last year.
Even more impressive is the fact that Infinity War just narrowly managed to have the biggest opening weekend domestically as well, edging out the $248 million made by Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 with an estimated $250 box office haul.
This means that Disney now holds 9 of the top 10 biggest openings in North American history and with Infinity War’s sequel due out in 2019, there’s a very good chance the studio will soon have a stranglehold on all 10 spots.
Avengers: Infinity War also proved to be a hit with critics, holding a 84% certified “fresh” rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, though the film wasn’t quite as well-received as it’s most recent release, Black Panther, which still stands as one of the best reviewed superhero movies ever made.
Source: CNN Money