'Avengers: Infinity War' scores second-biggest opening in China box office history

Karen Gillan

"Infinity War" has set the Box Office on fire. Should Thanos and Star-Lord have had a dance-off in the recent Avengers film? It's now the fifth highest-grossing movie of all time, but that won't last.

"Avengers: Infinity War" is still ruling the box office in its third weekend in theaters, easily beating out the mom-themed fare. In North American currency, that makes the film the highest opener for a Hollywood film.

The Disney blockbuster, featuring a string of Marvel superheroes out to save the universe from powerful purple alien Thanos (Josh Brolin), has had a cumulative take over three weeks of $547.8 million, according to box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

A fourth Avengers film has been scheduled for release in one year. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that there are "plans" to bring Marvel's first teen Muslim superhero to the big screen, with a potential Ms. Marvel movie in the works after the release of Captain Marvel in 2019.

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$200 million opening weekend haul in China powers Avengers: Infinity War's global total to $1.05 billion. The Saturday gross of $77.49 million is the best single day gross ever of all-time for a foreign film in China.

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).

"Infinity War" is now poised to pass 2015's "Jurassic World" ($1.67 billion) and take a real run at joining "Avatar", "Titanic" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as the only movies to cross the $2 billion mark. The superhero film raked in $200 million (1.26 billion RMB) in the world's second-largest market, far surpassing the opening weekend performances of other Marvel movies. Beware, there are spoilers for Infinity War below. However, I would not be at all surprised to see Avengers 4 sneak it's way into the top two when it is released next year.

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