James Gunn insisted on a key Avengers: Infinity War change

15 May, 2018, 22:32 | Author: Kristine Mills
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Box office figures of that size would probably be enough to stop Avengers: Infinity War ending up as 2018's biggest film in the UK.

That marks the second-largest opening weekend in China for the Marvel Studios film, in terms of local currency. In recent years, China has become a much-coveted market for Hollywood films and a quick look at the numbers illustrates why - last year alone China contributed $3.4 billion dollars to North American films.

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. It's now the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, but that won't last.

After successful directing turns with Captain America: Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War, Joe and Anthony Russo are going back to their roots on television with their latest collaboration. 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.

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Now, AIW is the fifth highest-grossing film of all-time in global 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).

The Disney release earned $62 million domestic, topping the weekend gross chart for the third week in a row.

2019 will also see the release of Captain Marvel and a sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming and both films are expected to make close to $1 billion worldwide, according to a Forbes report. That total puts Avengers: Infinity War in the worldwide top 5 films of all time. In the video, Brolin, unfamiliar with Fortnite, notes that he didn't remember Thanos flying at any point in Infinity War, but he gladly would have done the motion capture for the dancing. It might be a tight race, but I believe Infinity War will pull ahead by the end of it's theatrical run to become the third highest grossing film of all time.

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