The mega-superhero mashup is already breaking records.
Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War blasted off overseas Wednesday with a mighty opening-day gross of $39 million from 21 markets.
The film, placing No. 1 everywhere, is already setting industry records in numerous territories. In South Korea, it landed the top opening day of all time with $6.5 million, while it secured the second biggest opening day in Australia behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens with $6.7 million.
In France, Infinity War earned $3.9 million, the highest opening day in history for April and the largest ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title. In the Philippines ($2.7 million) and Thailand ($1.8 million), it secured the top opening day of all time.
Directed by the Russo brothers, the mega-superhero mashup begins rolling out Thursday night in North America, where it is widely expected to score the top debut of all time for a superhero pic.
Tracking suggests it will open north of $225 million domestically, but many believe it has a shot at surpassing fellow Disney pic Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million) to land the top North American opening in history (Disney is being conservative in sticking to $210 million-plus). Infinity War has become ticket seller Fandango’s No. 3 movie of all time in terms of presales. The only films Avengers’ couldn’t conquer were 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which retains the No. 1 presales spot, and last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which is No. 2. Infinity War managed to top 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (No. 4) and fellow Marvel title Black Panther (No. 5), which has earned more than $1.3 billion since opening in February.
Infinity War opens in most major territories around the globe timed to its U.S. release, excluding Russia (May 3) and China (May 11) and could approach $500 million worldwide by the end of Sunday.