Infinity Wars Box Office Records

“Avengers: Infinity War” Shatters Nearly Every Box Office Record


April 27-29, 2018

(estimates from


Avengers: Infinity War  $250.0 million
A Quiet Place $10.6 million
I Feel Pretty $8.1 million
Rampage $7.1 million
Black Panther $4.3 million

We all knew it was going to be massive, but both Disney and prognosticators hedged their bets about how big Avengers: Infinity War would open. Turns out that was unnecessary. The Marvel Cinematic Universe's big crossover event broke nearly every domestic and international box office record in existence. With an estimated $250 million opening, that's the biggest debut ever, beating out The Force Awakens by just a few million dollars. That's also the fastest any movie has made $250 million, by the way. It also set the record for the biggest Saturday and Sunday ever. And it had the biggest worldwide opening ever. And the only reason it didn't have the biggest non-U.S. opening weekend ever was because it hasn't opened in China yet. It's made $630 million in less than a week, which is just jaw-dropping. And just to add insult to injury, it made more in three days than Justice League did in its entire run.

A Quiet Place fell back to second place, but nearly crossed $150 million. Of course, Infinity War means it's dropped to No. 3 on the 2018 list. I Feel Pretty fell to third, though it's nearly made back its budget. Rampage felt the biggest effect of Infinity War, dropping nearly 65 percent and falling to No. 4. It won't top $100 million now, but it's done well enough overseas that it doesn't need that boost.

But curiously, Black Panther jumped back up to fifth. I'm assuming people who were excited for Infinity War just figured it was time to see Black Panther yet again. Now it's looking like Ryan Coogler's game-changing comic book film will be only the third movie to ever cross $700 million.

Outside the top 5:

  • This Weekend's Indie Champ: Disobedience, the erotic thriller set in London's Orthodox Jewish community. The film, starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, earned $48,255 on each of its five screens.
  • Super Troopers 2 dropped a massive 76 percent, meaning it was definitely front-loaded. Still, the film has earned more than its predecessor in just 10 days.
  • I Can Only Imagine has now topped $81 million, meaning it's the second-biggest of the recent faith-based movies behind Heaven Is for Real.

Next week:

Comedies Overboard and Tully will vie for second-place, because Infinity War is going to make at least $90 million. There's also the horror flick Bad Samaritan, but it won't be any match for A Quiet Place. 


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.

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