Avengers: Infinity War poised to be all galaxies’ biggest box office draw yet

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Apr 19, 2018, 3:46 PM EDT

We pretty much already know that Avengers: Infinity War is going to be huge, but perhaps we weren’t quite thinking it would be the hugest movie ever. Well, maybe we should now.

According to The Wall Street Journal, which knows a thing or two about financial matters, next week’s addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe “is poised” to overtake Star Wars: The Force Awakens and have the biggest domestic debut ever. 

That’s right, folks, we’re looking at history square in Thanos’ big purplish-blue nose. 

Back in 2015, The Force Awakens made a whopping $248 million during its triumphant opening weekend, which began in lightspeed fashion on Dec. 18. The Last Jedi, which opened Dec. 12, 2017, currently resides in second place with $220 million. 

Both those films also continue to represent the top two for ticket pre-sales, with Infinity War currently in third with $50 mill already in the bank. But the reason WSJ says Avengers 3 could unseat the Star Wars lot is because surveys of moviegoers indicate that their interest is higher in seeing Thanos crush Avengers than in seeing what’s going on in a galaxy far, far away. Data from “research widely used in Hollywood” said 45% of moviegoers named Infinity War their first choice among upcoming movies, while at the same “point in time before it’s opening, The Force Awakens was at 33%.”

The financial rag also notes that many Thursday night Infinity War previews are already sold out, while theaters nationwide are adding additional post-midnight showings; and that interest for the film has “steadily grown,” as opposed to plateauing, as most blockbuster franchise films have traditionally shown.

While Avengers: Infinity War isn’t expected to break any global weekend opening records, due to delayed release dates in China and Russia, it is expected to fare extremely well on the world stage. IMAX head of entertainment Greg Foster told the paper he’s seeing “huge interest” in the film worldwide, even in China, where Star Wars hasn’t exactly soared.       

Something else that’s interesting to note in the financial paper’s analysis: If all goes according to plan, and Infinity War does such heroic box office as projected, that would give Disney “nine of the 10 biggest weekends ever,” pushing Warner Bros.’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 out of the top 10 (Universal’s Jurassic World is currently third).  

Avengers: Infinity War opens wide April 27. How much will you be contributing to its potentially historic opening weekend haul?