Avengers: Infinity War is breaking box office records, making it Marvels’s most successful opening night in terms of ticket sales.
The film was released on Thursday (April 26), taking $39 million (about £28.3 million) in tickets sales on that night alone.
Avengers: Age of Ultron took $27.6 million on its opening night while the recent recording-breaking Black Panther managed $25.2 million, making Avengers: Infinity War Marvel’s most successful debut.
Internationally, Avengers: Infinity War has earned $95 million in its first two days. Despite these big numbers, it doesn’t look like the Marvel movie will beat the overall biggest Thursday opening preview ever – 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took an impressive $57 million.
The official synopsis for Avengers: Infinity War reads: “As the Avengers and their allies have continued to protect the world from threats too large for any one hero to handle, a new danger has emerged from the cosmic shadows: Thanos. A despot of intergalactic infamy, his goal is to collect all six Infinity Stones, artefacts of unimaginable power, and use them to inflict his twisted will on all of reality.
“Everything the Avengers have fought for has led up to this moment – the fate of Earth and existence itself has never been more uncertain.”
Writer, director and comic book geek Kevin Smith was among the first to Tweet his thoughts on ‘Infinity War’ after the first screening.
“I am overwhelmed,” he wrote. “The movie is epic beyond compare. LOVED it. My legs are still shaking. It’s a gigantic Marvel masterpiece. So much to say but I’ll stay Silent Bob ’til Monday so as not to slip in spoilers.
“Suffice to say it’s gonna be a looooong year until Avengers 4…”
Other reactions seemed to follow a similar theme – adding that the film is packed with twists and surprises.
Movie writer Peter Sciretta added: “‘Infinity War’ is everything you want, nothing you expect. It’s funny, surprising, dark, filled with delightful interplay between characters never seen on screen before.
“I know many filmmakers say they are trying to make a sequel in the vein of Empire Strikes Back, this succeeds.”