As reported yesterday, Avengers: Infinity War experienced a fantastic opening weekend, taking an impressive $630 million at the worldwide box office during the course of the three-day weekend. This figure equated to $250 million dollars in North America and a further $380 million internationally.
Infinity War’s huge US opening ensured the movie broke a record by beating Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) to become the film with the highest grossing opening ever – Infinity War‘s $250 million to The Force Awakens’ $247,966,675.
This isn’t the first time that a Marvel movie has opened big – domestically, Marvel Studios has six movies in the All-Time Top Ten Opening Weekends chart. Want to know what they are? Then check out the list below.
1.) Avengers: Infinity War (2018) – $250,000,000
2.) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – $247,966,675
3.) Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) – $220,009,584
4.) Jurassic World (2015) – $208,806,270
5.) The Avengers (2012) – $207,438,708
6.) Black Panther (2018) – $202,003,951
7.) Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) – $191,271,109
8.) Captain America: Civil War (2016) – $179,139,142
9.) Beauty and the Beast (2017) – $174,750,616
10.) Iron Man 3 (2013) – $174,144,585
As you can see from the list, Marvel’s ‘big six’ are: Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and Iron Man 3. Pretty much the six you expected, right?
What’s interesting to note is that nine of the movies listed above are Disney-owned movies. The only non-Disney entry is Jurassic World.
You’ll also note from the above list that all of the movies with the highest grossing weekends have come out within the last six years – and there’s a reason for this.
While the movie industry has always favoured a big opening weekend, thanks to the internet, fierce competition and a general decline in going to the cinema, studios rely on the initial weekend to make or break a movie. There is now a huge push from all studios to make the opening weekend as profitable as possible.