Marvel decided to kick off the summer movie season a week early by shifting its highly-anticipated Avengers: Infinity War from May 4 to April 27, but that didn't stop this superhero blockbuster from breaking box office records. The Marvel ensemble fell in line with recent box office projections, taking in an estimated $250 million, enough to break the all time opening weekend record of $247.9 million set in December 2015 by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's possible that the actual numbers on Monday may be lower, and Avengers: Infinity War won't break the record, although that seems unlikely.
Avengers: Infinity War opened in 4,474 theaters this weekend, the second widest box office opening of all time behind the 4,529-theater debut of Universal's Despicable Me 3 last summer. It pulled in an impressive $55,878 per-screen average this weekend. While The Force Awakens' all time opening weekend record seemed unbreakable for a period of time, the latest projections for Avengers: Infinity War put it between $235 million and $255 million, although Disney's own estimates were much more conservative, putting it at $210 million. While we'll have to wait until Monday for the top 10 actual figures, it seems clear that Avengers: Infinity War has secured the all time opening weekend record.
This news shouldn't come as too much of a surprise, considering how Avengers: Infinity War was destroying the competition in pre-sales. Fandango reported that Avengers: Infinity War had been out-selling the past seven Marvel Cinematic Universe movies combined. It had also doubled the pre-sales of Black Panther, which earned an impressive $202 million in February, which lead to many presuming that Infinity War would break the all time record, which it did. It's possible its opening weekend tally could even increase when the actual figures come in, but we'll have to wait until tomorrow and see.
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Since Avengers: Infinity War faced no direct competition in wide release, the remainder of the top 10 was rounded out by holdovers from previous weeks. The top 10 is rounded out by A Quiet Place ($10.6 million), I Feel Pretty ($8.1 million), Rampage ($7.1 million), Black Panther ($4.3 million), Super Troopers 2 ($3.6 million), Truth or Dare ($3.2 million), Blockers ($2.9 million), Ready Player One ($2.4 million) and Traffik ($1.6 million). Opening in limited release was Bleecker Street's Disobedience, which earned $241.276 from five theaters for an impressive $48,255 per-screen average, while IFC's Kings earned $173,113 from 214 theaters for a dismal $809 per-screen average.
Looking ahead to next weekend, Focus Features debuts Tully, while Electric Entertainment debuts Bad Samaritan and Pantelion debuts Overboard. None of those movies are expected to open wider than 1,800 theaters though so they shouldn't give Infinity War much competition. Take a look at the top 10 estimates, courtesy of Box Office Mojo.
|1||Avengers: Infinity War|
|2||A Quiet Place|
|3||I Feel Pretty|
|6||Super Troopers 2|
|7||Truth or Dare|
|9||Ready Player One|