OK, I know I’ve done a lot of Marvel/Avengers stuff lately. But, right now, after what the latest film in the series did this past weekend, I’m not going to ignore the elephant in the room.
In 2012, the original “Avengers” became the first film in history to surpass $200 million, earning $207 million. In the six years since, though, the record has been broken several times.
Marvel Studios is back on top now, though, as “Infinity War” didn’t just set a new record, it crushed the previous number set by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” In total, “Infinity War” earned $258 million. This rounded out a top five where the rest of the films made between $10 million and $4 million.
1. Avengers Infinity War – $258,184,000
2. A Quiet Place – $10,650,000
3. I Feel Pretty – $8,130,000
4. Rampage – $7,105,000
5. Black Panther – $4,381,000
As for the record, here are the other films that “Infinity War” raced by:
- “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” earned $247 million.
- “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” earned $220 million.
- “Jurassic World,” earned $208 million.
- “The Avengers,” earned $207 million.
- “Black Panther,” earned $202 million.
The film’s total weekend gross was unknown at first and was originally predicted to be much lower, relatively speaking. Tracking was initially set for between $235 million and $245 million.
By Saturday evening, expectations were that the movie would manage to collect $245 million, but not enough to break the record. Then, Sunday morning, it was announced that the film could hit $250 million.
Another surprise came this morning when new estimations went even higher, hitting $258 million.
The situation of this past weekend mirrors the release of the 2012 “Avengers.” As the series didn’t have as much name recognition as today, there were questions then on whether the film could even surpass $200 million. Initially, on that Friday in 2012, expectations were anywhere from $170 million to $190 million. But as the weekend wore on, estimations kept rising until the $207 million mark was announced.
This “Avengers” also easily surpassed its predecessor, which took in $191 million in its opening weekend. “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” released in May 2015, is now the only picture of the three that didn’t make it to the $200 million mark.
However, that movie did have some things working against it. For example, it had an unprecedented amount of competition from sporting events.
Here’s what was going on the weekend that “Ultron” hit theaters:
- Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao, a boxing match billed as the Fight of the Century.
- The Kentucky Derby, which was won by a horse that was expected to, and eventually did earn the Triple Crown.
- A game between Major League Baseball rivals Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
- A Stanley Cup Playoff game between the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals.
- Game 7 of the Los Angeles Clippers and San Antonio Spurs NBA Playoff series.
- The National Football League Draft.
On top of the competition for viewers with other entertainment, “Ultron” was also less critically acclaimed, earning approval from only 75 percent of critics according to Rotten Tomatoes. The 2012 “Avengers” meanwhile had 92 percent and “Infinity War” earned 84 percent.
Aside from the “Avengers” trilogy, “Infinity War” also gave another Marvel picture a boost. “Black Panther,” released in February, returned to the top five, taking the fifth box office spot, after coming in eighth place last weekend. This also pushed its domestic total to $688 million and its worldwide total to $1.3 billion.
On the subject of worldwide totals, “Infinity War” took in $641 million from across the globe, setting a record at that level, too.
For the small screen, new home releases this week include:
- Peter Rabit, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 62%, My Rating: 3.8 out of 5.
- 12 Strong, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 54%.
- Winchester, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 14%.
- Mary and the Witch’s Flower, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 85%.