Avengers: Infinity War Exceeds Expectations After Opening in China

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The film, which has had audiences rushing to cinemas globally to see the biggest ensemble of characters put together on screen, overtakes previous number one The Dark Knight Rises which made a total of £56.3M at the United Kingdom box office. That makes it the second-fastest title ever to cross the $500 million mark domestically.

Excluding projections from China, Infinity War has made $789.3 million at the global box office, beating The Jungle Book in India to become the highest-earning Western film ever in the market.The third Avengers flick's opening weekend in China is likely to eclipse $200 million.

After Infinity War, this makes ideal sense. Breaking In and Life of the Party both received a B CinemaScore. Meanwhile, Gabrielle Union's "Breaking In" launched in third with $16.5 million in 2,537 locations.

Generally speaking, studios take home 50 percent of domestic box office earnings (sometimes its more sometimes less, but for this example let's go with that basic number). This brings the estimated opening total close to $76 million. "I just loved the movie", wrote one while another added, "The best way to understand the movie #AvengersInfinityWar is to watch the previous MCU movies starting from the #Ironman 1 which released in 2008".

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Coming to the global market, the film is now the highest worldwide grosses of the year and holds the ninth position in the list of highest grossers of all time.

Outside the top five, and landing in the top ten for the 13th consecutive week, is Disney and Marvel's Black Panther. The film will expand to 350 theaters next weekend. Combined with its $200 million launch in China, "Infinity War" earned $343.1 million worldwide this weekend, for a global cume of $1.6 billion.

"This is a typical Mother's Day weekend with a big blockbuster in the mix and some counter programming thrown in for good measure as we await the arrival of "Deadpool 2" next week", said comScore senior media analyst Paul Dergarabedian.

You can check out all of this weekend's estimated results right here and we'll be updating our charts with weekend actuals on Monday afternoon.

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