Avengers: Infinity War opened in the UK today and to say cinemas are busy right now is a bit of an understatement. It’s INSANE out there. INSANE I TELL YOU.

I’ve yet to see the film, but I did pop into my local Vue in Manchester to pick up tickets in preparation for Saturday morning (I’m very excited). The first thing I noticed when I walked into the cinema foyer, which is usually quiet around 5pm on a Thursday, was just how busy it was. All the self-service ticket machines had huge queues, while the general queue was heaving.

The second thing I noticed about the amount of people queuing for tickets for Avengers: Infinity War – and let’s be honest, there’s no way they were queuing for anything else – was the amount of groups that were there. People were queuing in large groups; families were out in force; couples were with couples – you get the idea. Outside of Star Wars movies, I’ve never seen anything quite like this and once again, this was at 5pm on a Thursday, when people are still travelling home from work.

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Earlier today, I checked online to see what times the film is showing on Saturday and that’s when I discovered just how prepared my local cinema is for the Avengers-madness. On Saturday at Vue Printworks in Manchester, Avengers: Infinity War has 52 separate screenings.

From 6am until after midnight, the movie is playing on the hour, on the half-hour and in some cases every 15 minutes. Again, this is Star Wars-style insanity – and I love it!

From the moment the movie opened this morning at 12:01am it has been playing non-stop. You want to go see it at 2:30am tomorrow morning? Well, you can! Fancy checking it out at 5am? Yep, you can do that too.

I don’t expect the 5am screenings to be quite so busy – although there are a lot of night owls in Manchester – but judging by what I saw tonight, all the core screenings are likely to sell out across the board.

Avengers: Infinity War is going to be as huge as people have been predicting – or at least it will be huge this weekend. So, if you’re planning on heading to your local multiplex, you really should book… and maybe allow plenty of time for queuing.

You’ve been warned.