Avengers: Infinity War is off to a historic start. The opening day estimates are out and it appears the movie has opened to a record $105.9 million. This is only second to the $119 million opening day posted by 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This opening also includes $39 million made from Thursday night preview shows, which is the fourth largest of all time and the highest in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, surpassing Captain America: Civil War ($25 million), Black Panther ($25.2 million) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27 million) by a healthy margin.
Internationally, the movie is off to a flying start as well. It has opened in over 40 countries and amassed $179 million internationally. The movie’s worldwide total sits at $285 million and at this rate, it should recoup its huge $300 – $400 million production budget in no time. Besides shattering records in the United States, it’s also breaking records internationally, including territories such as India where it has posted a record-breaking $5 million opening day.
With these numbers, Infinity War is looking set for a $240 million opening that should make it the second biggest opening of all time behind the $247 million posted by The Force Awakens. And if word of mouth proves strong enough, the movie should be able to race ahead Star Wars for the best opening weekend ever. Already, the Rotten Tomatoes score is strong and audiences are responding favorably with the movie rated over 9.0 on popular movie rating site IMDb. It remains to be seen how much Infinity War makes over the course of the next two days.
Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn congratulated the cast and crew of the movie on Twitter and also thanked fans for making this opening number possible.
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Avengers: Infinity War is out in theaters now.