Avengers: Infinity War shatters all-time box office opening record

Looks like it’s Wakanda and Avengers forever. Avengers: Infinity War seemed to have narrowly defeated Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the best box office opening with early Sunday estimates.

Infinity War looked to just get by Force Awakens by $2 million dollars. With the mostly official Sunday numbers coming in, it was by a much wider gap than initially predicted.

Marvel Studios’ 19th film set the mark with $258 million, easily outdistancing Force Awakens’ $248 million. There’s a lot to take from that figure. Not the least of which is Walt Disney’s top studios — Marvel Studios, Lucasfilm and Pixar — are largely competing with themselves for box office supremacy.

Force Awakens benefited from a massive nostalgia wave and Star Wars fans who thought they’d never see another film on the big screen after the prequels concluded. It had been a decade since Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith arrived in theaters when Force Awakens debuted. In the same decade time frame, Marvel Studios pumped out 18 films so there hasn’t been a shortage of options for comic fans. If anything, based off the reception from Marvel’s last three films — Thor: Ragnarok ($122 million), Black Panther ($202 million) and Avengers: Infinity War — the comic book movie bubble isn’t bursting anytime soon. Sorry James Cameron.

This figure also suggests the upcoming Avengers 4 could legit be a threat to topple Force Awakens ($936 million) as the highest grossing domestic film of all time and possibly dethrone Avatar ($2.7 billion) as the highest grossing film ever.

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The carry over effect and tie-ins to Infinity War should help bolster the box office for Ant-Man and The Wasp (July 6) and Captain Marvel (March 8). Like with Black Panther, Marvel smartly coincided Captain Marvel’s release date to one that would be appealing to a wider, mainstream audience a la Women’s History Month.

With most studios steering clear of Infinity War until Deadpool 2 arrives on May 18, Infinity War has a clear path to make a ton of box office records fade away to dust.

Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures

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