Avengers Infinity War reaches $1 billion international box office, faster than any other film

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Jul 19, 2019, 5:01 PM EDT (Updated)

None of the Avengers ever claimed to be faster than a speeding bullet, but at the end of its opening week, Avengers: Infinity War could certainly claim to be (with perhaps a tweak for copyright purposes). Faster than a speeding ticket sale?

Infinity War is on a sure track to outsell $1 billion worldwide this weekend, and when it does, it will set the record for the fastest film ever to reach that marker. In just 11 days! (Maybe The Flash, a rare bright spot in the Justice League film, will want to defect to the other side? Okay, that's the last DC reference. Promise.) Infinity War will be the sixth Marvel film to reach $1 billion worldwide, a list that includes this year's Black Panther, though none of the other five have done it with such lightning speed.

It's no wonder the film is breaking so big. As reported in Variety, its opening weekend netted $257.6 million last weekend, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the highest-ranking opening weekend of all time. In addition, its second weekend is coming in above expectations, looking to draw $122 million, rather than its projected $115 million. 

These numbers will make its second weekend the second biggest of all time, coming in under only Star Wars: The Force Awakens for staying power.

That's a whole lotta love for the Avengers and, considering that Marvel and Lucasfilm are both properties of Disney, a whole lotta cheese for the folks who started with just a mouse.