James Gunn insisted on a key Avengers: Infinity War change

Toby Graves
May 15, 2018

Infinity War set a new IMAX Marvel opening weekend record, grossing $23.3 million on 408 IMAX screens. That figure was especially impressive considering the film hadn't even opened in China yet. Subsequent reports said that Infinity War outpaced Avengers: Age of Ultron's pre-release sales by 1000%. The IMAX domestic network reported multiple sell-out screenings with IMAX representing 8 of the film's top 10 North America engagements. What's more, the Disney/Marvel film launched to more than $200 million in China, giving it a global haul of more than $343 million over the weekend.

Incidentally, the previous all-time movie record-holder was from the same franchise, with the original Marvel's The Avengers grossing S$13.7 million in 2012. Its direct sequel, the still-officially-untitled Avengers 4, is due out in theaters May 3, 2019.

Now, AIW is the fifth highest-grossing film of all-time in worldwide markets, only behind Avatar ($2.02 billion), Titanic ($1.52 billion), Furious 7 ($1.16 billion), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($1.13 billion). It's now the fifth-largest global release of all-time, behind such films as Avatar ($2.788 billion), Titanic ($2.187 billion), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068 billion), and Jurassic World ($1.671 million). That means that the opening weekend for The Fate of the Furious represented roughly 49% of it's overall China gross.

Well, I guess we know where Thanos ended up at the end of Infinity War.

Now that Infinity War is entertaining fans in cinemas around the world, certain details regarding the film's inner workings are starting to come to light. I'm not saying it can't happen (the movie has defied all expectations at every turn) I just don't think it will.

And Wes Anderson's stop-motion feature Isle of Dogs, released by Fox Searchlight, earned slightly more than $1 million in its eighth weekend of release for a $30 million domestic and $25 million foreign, for $55 million worldwide.

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