There’s a bigger box office story to come for Avengers: Infinity War, but for now let’s look at opening day.
Disney estimates a Friday box office total of $106 million in the United States, capping off what started as a record preview performance on Thursday night. It’s the second-largest first day performance ever for a domestic release, slotting in between two Star Wars movies: The Last Jedi ($104 million) and The Force Awakens ($119 million).
Here’s the stat that will really boggle your mind: Only 42 domestic releases to date have managed to earn more than $106 million across their entire opening weekends. Infinity War earned more in one day than The Jungle Book (2016), Wonder Woman, and many other Hollywood megahits did in their first three days.
Putting it another way: Infinity War pulled in $73,611.11 per minute on Friday.
The Avengers opening day also marked another big milestone for Disney: 117 days into the year, the company’s combined releases have amassed more than $1 billion in domestic ticket sales. It’s the fastest ever for Disney, the studio notes, beating 2016’s 128 days to reach the same point.
(In related news, Disney movies make a shit-ton of money.)
In case it’s not clear, the latest Avengers is on the road to a record-setting opening weekend. Disney’s current estimate expects the weekend to close somewhere between $225 million and $240 million, which would make Infinity War‘s first weekend the second-biggest of all time in U.S. theaters.
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