In its opening weekend, Marvel Studio’s latest superhero film Avengers: Infinity War has broken the record for highest box-office total in its debut weekend, raking in $250 million, according to Deadline. It surpasses the record previously set by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which pulled in $247 million when it debuted in 2015.
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of a decade of superhero films, and had a lot of momentum going into the weekend: it pulled in $39 million on Thursday night, and an estimated $106 million on Friday, according to Box Office Mojo. It then pulled in a record-breaking $83 million on Saturday. That’s just in the US: internationally, it’s pulled in an astounding $380 million, for a staggering $630 million global opening.
Earlier this year, Black Panther smashed a number of records of its own, becoming not only became the second-highest grossing opening of all time in February, but it also the biggest February debut of all time, the second highest grossing film behind The Avengers, and the highest-grossing film from a black director. It also continued its box office streak and went on to cross the $1 billion mark.
It remains to see how long Avengers: Infinity War will hold on to its top spot at the box office as a number of high-profile summer blockbusters are scheduled to hit theaters in the coming weeks, including Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story.