Incredibly, Avengers: Infinity War made more than $640 million worldwide during its opening weekend, beating the previous record held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It is a remarkable achievement, and one that Star Wars studio Lucasfilm is celebrating today.
Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy congratulated sister studio Marvel on the achievement with a nice note that includes a picture of Rey passing her lightsaber to Iron Man. “From a galaxy far, far, away… to Earth’s mightiest heroes, congratulations on the biggest opening weekend in history,” Kennedy said.
Marvel boss Kevin Feige also commented on Infinity War’s incredible box office milestone. In his own tweet, he sent a nice message to fans thanking them for their support. He wrote, “To the greatest fans, the past ten years have been an unforgettable ride and we couldn’t have done it without the entire team at Marvel Studios, our incredible talent in front of and behind the camera, the visionary comic book creators, but most importantly you.”
He added: “Thank you for embracing these characters and stories since we kicked off the MCU ten years ago. This past weekend was a result beyond our wildest dreams. On behalf of everyone here at Marvel Studios, we thank you for being the best fans in the universe and making Avengers: Infinity War the biggest opening weekend of all time.”
Disney owns Star Wars and Marvel, so that just gives you an idea for how massive the House of Mouse is in terms of box office performance.
The MCU kicked off in 2008 with Iron Man. Infinity War is the 19th MCU film, and collectively they have made $15.4 billion at the box office. The untitled fourth Avengers movie comes to theatres in May 2019, but you won’t have to wait that long to see new MCU films. Ant-Man and the Wasp is due in July, with Captain Marvel to follow in March 2019.
GameSpot’s Infinity War review said, “Marvel has accomplished something truly incredible here, although at this point it’s no more than the absurdly high-quality bar Marvel fans have come to expect. It’s been a long road getting here, but it was worth it.”