The Burbank, CA-based studio will set a new industry record in regards to crossing the $1 billion threshold faster than any other Hollywood studio. There’s a very good chance Disney crosses $1 billion by EOD today, in which case it will have taken them 117 days to reach that feat. Through yesterday, including Avengers: Infinity War‘s $39M, Disney counts $953.2M according to Deadline calculations, so they only need Infinity War to gross $46.8M or more today to get to $1 billion. Should Infinity War fall short of that amount of cash today, then Disney crosses $1 billion tomorrow, making it 118 days, and that’s still an industry record. Bravo. Currently at this point in time industry estimates figure that Infinity War could make between $90M-$100M on its opening Friday, but realize that figure includes last night’s $39M previews (the best ever for a Marvel title).
This is the third year in a row that Disney has beat its rivals to $1 billion stateside. With this year’s record, Disney beats their previous all-time 2016 record of 128 days (reached on May 7 that year) and their 2017 second-place notch of 146 days (crossed on May 26 last year). Universal has the fourth-fastest record to $1 billion, reached in 165 days back in 2015.
Roughly 88% of Disney’s $1 billion this year came from Black Panther (est. $683.6M through yesterday), Infinity War, and Star Wars: The Last Jedi 2018 carryover haul of $102.9M (in total pic’s lifetime was $620.1M).