In a shocking turn of events that pretty much shocked no one, Avengers: Infinity War will finish off its weekend debut with $250 million or more, making it the highest domestic opening of all time, beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made $248 million during its first weekend back in 2015. Sunday isn't over, and the final box-office numbers aren't in, which means the 19th Marvel Studios movie could make even more. After all, Black Panther was expected to make around $130 to $150 million when it opened in February, but ended up exceeding expectations by taking in $180 million.
Infinity War deals with the Mad Titan Thanos (Josh Brolin) on his quest to unite all six Infinity Stones and restore "balance" to the universe, which he feels is growing out of control. The Russo Brothers-directed ensemble film opened to $39 million in Thursday preview screenings, a new record not only for Marvel movies, but also for the superhero genre in general.
Right now, the movie is in 4,474 North American venues, but there's also the global draw to consider as well. The third Avengers scored the biggest openings ever in Korea, Brazil, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Central America, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, and UAE. In the United Kingdom and Germany, it held 89% and 85% of the market share, respectively, the U.K. debut being the biggest Marvel opening in history. According to Box Office Mojo, Infinity War has already made more than $175 million in foreign markets, bringing its total box-office haul to $284.4 million. A bit less than $20 million is needed to recoup the project's reported $300 million production budget.
In second place is the silent survivor, Paramount's A Quiet Place, with an estimated $10 million. John Krasinski's directorial debut has made just over $140 million domestically and more than $219 internationally. The speechless (quite literally) horror movie is a box-office smash, and it's quite astounding when you consider it only cost around $17 to $21 million to make. No wonder the studio is already planning a sequel.
Marvel Studios is waging a box-office campaign on a different front with Black Panther, currently in its 11th weekend in theaters. The Wakanda-centric feature will claw in an admirable $5 million, not that it really needs it, having passed the $1.3 billion mark some time ago. Still, it's good to see that the 18th Marvel installment hasn't been forgotten and is still a contender at the box office, despite debuting two months ago. Not to mention that T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) and his home country play a major role in Infinity War, meaning that if you haven't seen Black Panther yet, now is the time to do some catching up.