MONDAY UPDATE: Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has blown past its estimated $630M global opening. That was already a giant worldwide record, and with updated weekend numbers tallied, it has bounded to $640.9M through Sunday. The final domestic figures won’t be available until later today, although Disney is estimating $258.2M this morning. At the international box office, the debut jumps from a $380M projection to $382.7M.
In the Sunday estimates (see below), Infinity War’s opening had toppled the previous global record set by The Fate Of The Furious last year. With the updated figures, it has now lapped that movie’s $543M debut by almost $100M. Internationally, Infinity War takes a backseat to F8 as the No. 2 all-time overseas opener. A key thing to remember here is that unlike F8, Infinity War did not have China or Russia in its opening suite.
In the 72% of the international footprint where the 19th MCU entry opened this weekend, it exploded in markets where Marvel typically excels, in Latin America for example, and was supercharged in some that have historically not played as well.
The Top 5 roster of offshore openers did not change order from Sunday, although there were some slight shifts. The UK came in at $41.4M, $800K off the estimate, while Korea was on par at $39.2M (the local estimate puts it at $43M+ through Monday). Mexico rose from its initially lofty heights to a greater $25.4M; Australia and Brazil also jumped a touch, to $23.2M and $19.1M, respectively.
Coming off this massive weekend and with repeat viewing a must for many, Infinity War is looking at a big start to the week, particularly in hubs that observe the May 1 May Day holiday including France, Germany, Mexico and Brazil.
SUNDAY PM UPDATE, WRITETHRU: Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has pulled off a jaw-dropping feat, scoring the biggest global opening in history with an estimated $630M. That races it ahead of The Fate Of The Furious, which previously held the record after gunning to $543M in its Easter launch last year. The super-powered bow for the Anthony Russo/Joe Russo-directed battle to save the universe grossed a staggering $380M in 52 material markets at the international box office, with $250M domestically.
This 19th MCU entry blasted past what were already high expectations and has landed the teaming of Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Doctor Strange, the Guardians of the Galaxy and more as the No. 2 all-time overseas debut, behind The Fate Of The Furious ($444.2M). As we’ve noted throughout the weekend, this is a mighty accomplishment, given the opening suite of markets on Infinity War did not include China or Russia (F8‘s did).
Internationally, Infinity War dislodged Jurassic World ($316.7M) at No. 2 (that movie also had China at open). In comps that did not include China at the bow, Infinity War‘s overseas start blew past Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 ($314M) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($281M). Worldwide. Only three movies had previously topped $500M in their openings: F8, The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.
Pre-opening indications from the industry saw a $275M international opening for Infinity War at the high end. No one was calling $300M+ until we saw how Friday was working overseas, but the ultimate $380M was “unexpected and unlike anything that anyone would have projected,” Disney Worldwide Distribution chief Dave Hollis tell Deadline. “Honestly, this is a result that goes unbelievably beyond what anyone would have expected. But it’s also a reflection of what 10 years of really methodical work, and a great campaign, and an unbelievably strong movie, and every single person being in the movie, and what that means for driving people into cinemas,” he adds.
It was a perfect storm of the critically and fan-praised picture playing well everywhere. In places where Marvel typically excels, like Latin America, Infinity War “just exploded,” says Hollis, who notes Mexico’s $25.1M “is take your breath away.” And markets that have not historically played as well (some of Europe, for example) “played far better than they ever have.”
Infinity War posted the highest opening weekend in industry history in Korea, India (non-local), the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Central America, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, Bolivia, South Africa, Turkey (non-local), the UAE and West Africa.
The Top 5 openings were in the UK ($42.2M), Korea ($39.2M), Mexico ($25.1M), Australia ($23M) and Brazil ($18.8M). China, which opens on May 11, is already showing very strong pre-sales.
In IMAX, Infinity War is the top Marvel debut ever with $41M globally, including $18.5M international. The overseas gross exceeds The Force Awakens ($17.5M) to become the No. 1 offshore IMAX debut ever, excluding China.
World domination will continue this week with Russia coming aboard May 3 and as many markets benefit from the May 1 holiday as well as expected repeat viewings. There’s plenty of runway ahead for these Avengers who could reach $1B globally before even getting to China. Deadpool 2 begins offshore rollout on May 15.
The estimated $630M worldwide opening translates into a gross of $15.39B for all 19 MCU films to date. What’s more, Black Panther this weekend passed Star Wars: The Last Jedi to claim the No. 9 spot on the all-time global charts with an estimated cume of $1,333.1M.
Breakdowns on Infinity War and other titles in the international marketplace have been updated below.
AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR
Ten years after Iron Man launched the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War has taken it to breathtaking heights. The international start of $380M logged the second-best debut of all-time, behind only The Fate Of The Furious, which included China in its opening run, whereas Infinity War doesn’t get to the Middle Kingdom until May 11. Globally, the film rocketed to an all-time record of $630M.
A new benchmark for superhero movies, Infinity War’s international start has it pacing about 47% above Avengers: Age Of Ultron, which finaled at $946.4M overseas (non-adjusted) and around 61% over Captain America: Civil War ($745.2M offshore final), based on like-for-like play. Both of those were the best comps coming into the weekend. The global launch is $28M off the lifetime of last year’s Justice League (non-adjusted dollars).
The mega mash-up of Avengers and Guardians got the lead out in 52 material markets, about 72% of the overseas footprint. Russia joins next weekend.
This weekend, A:IW was No. 1 in all markets, and regionally grossed $161M in Asia Pacific, $144M in the EMEA countries and $75M in Latin America.
The lead play was the UK with $42.2M for the third-highest industry opening weekend of all-time, the second-highest Disney opening weekend ever, and the highest-grossing Saturday ever. The market share was 78%.
Korea, at $39.2M, was the top industry opening weekend in history, with an amazing 95% of the market. Mexico’s $25.1M is likewise the biggest launch ever and brought in 94% of the market.
Australia had the ANZAC holiday in early play and scored the second-biggest industry opening weekend ever (behind The Force Awakens) with 72% of moviegoers. The total there to date is $23M.
Brazil rounds out the Top 5 with the best opening weekend ever and 86% of the market for $18.8M.
Next on the list, India is just a staggering opening of $18.6M. This is the top Western industry opening of all-time, and after only three days is the No. 6 highest-grossing Hollywood title ever, beating the entire runs of The Avengers, Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.
France ($17.7M) and Germany ($14.7M) marked the biggest superhero movie openings ever. Coming up next at $12.5M, the Philippines topped all previous openers with 97% of the market going to see A: IW. It is already the No. 3 movie ever. Italy grossed $11M and Thailand took $10M. Indonesia ($9.6M) also impressed with 96% of the market. Japan scored the No. 2 biggest MCU launch ever, behind Ultron with $9M.
Everything that’s been done in the 17 films since Tony Stark first shot off in his armored red suit has been leading to this 19th MCU entry, which boasted a global campaign of superhero proportions, as talent traveled to Sao Paolo, Mexico City, London, Seoul, Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai. In the ultimate Top 5 of off-shore markets, Marvel movies are consistently led by China, with a mix of Korea, the UK, Brazil and Mexico rounding out the field.
Ahead, there’s some clear runway before Deadpool 2 starts frolicking around the globe, and repeat viewing is almost essential on this complex epic, which could hit $1B before it even gets to China.
Despite the arrival of the Avengers & Co, New Line/Warner Bros’ Rampage continued to flex some offshore muscle, adding $16.2M in 61 markets. That’s a 72% drop from last weekend, and will land it at No. 3 on the international chart this session, behind Infinity War and Middle Kingdom romance Us And Them, which grossed $88.8M at home.
The Dwayne Johnson-starrer is still playing in China, where it ranked No. 3 behind that movie and another new title, A Or B. The gross there is $127.2M, to make it WB’s second-biggest movie ever in the market.
The overseas cume on Rampage is now $256.7M for $334.6M global. Behind China, the Top 5 is rounded out by Mexico ($11.5M), Korea ($11.1M), the UK ($11M) and Malaysia ($6.8M). France opens this week, followed by Germany the week after and Japan the next.
READY PLAYER ONE
Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One raised its score by another $8.6M this weekend on an estimated 8,000 screens in 63 markets. The Warner Bros/Amblin/Village Roadshow title has now grossed $414.5M at the international box office with $545.1M worldwide.
As Golden Week kicks off on Japan, RP1 held -35% for $2.2M and a running cume of $9.3M. In China, the weekend was $2.4M to push it past Avatar as the No. 9 Hollywood title ever in the market with $213.8M (RMB 1.34B). Below China, the UK is the No. 2 market at $22.3M as France ($19.1M), Korea ($18.7M) and Russia ($12.7M) round out the Top 5.
A QUIET PLACE
Alongside the raucous arrival of Infinity War, moviegoers continued to seek out quieter thrills, with Paramount/Platinum Dunes’ A Quiet Place finding another $6.6M in 57 markets, including increases in some. The international cume is now $87.2M on the John Krasinski-helmed pic with China, France, and Japan still to release.
The UK bumped up 4% from last weekend and has now cumed $14M. Germany also rose 3% from the previous session to land No. 2 behind Infinity War with a $2.6M cume to date. Other key cumes include Australia at $8M, Mexico with $7.2M and Brazil at $6M.
TRUTH OR DARE
MISC UPDATED CUMES/NOTABLE
Sherlock Gnomes (PAR): $1.6M intl weekend (22 markets); $20.5M intl cume
Isle Of Dogs (FOX): $1.5M intl weekend (17 markets, great holds); $18.4M intl cume
Campeones (UNI): $1.5M intl weekend (Spain only); $10.6M Spain cume
Coco (DIS): $900K intl weekend (Japan cume $41.2M); $589.8M intl cume ($799.5M WW now No. 15 global animated release)
The Greatest Showman (FOX): $873K intl weekend (12 markets, UK +6%); $256.1M intl cume
Red Sparrow (FOX): $713K intl weekend (25 markets); $99.7M intl cume
Lady Bird (UNI): $600K intl weekend (21 markets); $25.8M intl cume
Love, Simon (FOX): $531K intl weekend (18 markets); $14.2M intl cume
Pacific Rim: Uprising (UNI): $500K intl weekend (41 markets); $128.9M intl cume (excluding China)
Boss Baby (UNI): $400K intl weekend (Japan only); $29.3M Japan cume
In France, Sony opened Amoureux De Ma Femme, a comedy starring Gérard Depardieu, Daniel Auteuil, Sandrine Kiberlain and Adriana Ugarte. Auteuil also directs with the film taking $800K from 326 in its bow.