In just 12 days, Avengers: Infinity War surpassed $1 billion in worldwide box office numbers. With it’s release at the end of April, this milestone seems to have come awfully fast, right? And that’s because it did. The latest Marvel film has become the fastest movie ever to hit this number.
Infinity War opened on April 25 in overseas territories before hitting the U.K. on April 26, opening in the U.S. on April 27, and finally opening in Russia on May 3. With Friday’s global box-office total of $69.5 million, the film has, release to that point, earned a total of $974.5 million worldwide. Surpassing $1 billion was set to happen by Saturday evening – before the film even hit the China market.
Perhaps all this hype has something to do with the fact that Avengers: Infinity War is said to be the culmination of a story we’ve seen play out over 18 other films. . Thanos (Josh Brolin), who we first saw in the post-credits scene from The Avengers, finally emerged from the shadows and wants to wipe out half of existence by collecting six Infinity Stones.
And the cast is star studded, assembling nearly all of the Marvel heroes to date for what is sure to be an epic battle. Those signed on for this fight include Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland).
Becoming the 34th film to break $1 billion, “Avengers: Infinity War joins other titles like Avatar, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Titanic, Jurassic World, and Captain America: Civil War.
As of Friday, Disney, which includes Marvel Studios, exceeded $3 billion in ticket sales for 2018 to date. That makes Disney the fastest studio to hit that number in a given year – breaking their own record set in 2016 when they reached $3 billion by May 6th.
Disney released Black Panther, which grossed approximately $1.3 billion globally and is the highest-grossing Marvel Studios film to date and A Wrinkle in Time earlier in the year.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Photo Credit: Marvel Studios
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