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Box Office: 'Avengers: Infinity War' Tops $1.85 Billion Worldwide

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Chris Evans in 'Avengers: Infinity War'

Avengers: Infinity War ranked third yesterday on the daily box office charts, as Book Club made just a few more bucks on its sixth day of domestic release. By the way, I saw Book Club yesterday. Of note, A) Mary Steenburgen is still super-duper hot, B) Andy Garcia is still super-duper hot and C) the film is quite charming when it's not essentially pretending that E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy invented unconventional sex. Anyway, Book Club earned $2 million yesterday to cross the $20m mark. Considering Paramount/Viacom Inc. paid around $10m to distribute, that counts as a relative win for the until-recently struggling studio.

So, yes, Marvel and Walt Disney's Avengers: Infinity War earned $1.9 million yesterday on its 27th day of domestic release, pushing its unadjusted domestic cume to $603.281m. That still makes it the eighth movie to cross $600m domestic since Titanic 20.5 years ago and the fifth to do so just in the last three years. When you discount Titanic's 2012 3D reissue, which gave it another $57m domestic and $243m overseas for a new $2.187 billion global cume, Avengers: Infinity War's current over/under $1.855b cume is above Titanic's $600m 1997/1998 domestic gross and the James Cameron film's initial $1.8b global gross.

None of that accounts for inflation, but this means Infinity War is now the seventh-biggest domestic grosser in its initial theatrical run, the third-biggest  (behind Force Awakens and Avatar) worldwide without a reissue and the second-largest overseas earner behind only Avatar's $2.027 billion. And if it does top Force Awakens' global cume of $2.068b, and at this point, it's about 70/30 in favor, then it'll have the second-biggest global gross ever for an initial theatrical release behind only Avatar's potentially insurmountable $2.78b gross. At this point, I think the only thing that might top Avatar worldwide is Avatar 2, but that's a conversation for another day.

At a glance, Infinity War may make another $60 million+ worldwide over the long weekend (it earned around $100m worldwide last weekend) for a new cume of well over $1.9 billion worldwide. Much of the film's long-term challenges will depend entirely on how well Walt Disney's Avengers: Infinity War and Walt Disney's Solo: A Star Wars Story can co-exist. If it can thrive alongside Solo (and Deadpool 2), it has pretty smooth sailing until Incredibles 2 on June 15. But that's for the next post.

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