"Avengers: Infinity War" officially smashed US records for biggest box office opening ever.

1 May 2018 - 8:47 AM  UPDATED 1 May 2018 - 8:47 AM

Though final numbers won't be confirmed until late Monday (US time), its domestic total exceeded expectations for a North American launch of $258.2 million US. Internationally, it secured $382.7 million US for a global tally of $640.9 million US. Initial projections showed $250 million US in North America, along with $380 million internationally.

Those numbers easily secured Marvel's latest title the biggest domestic and global debuts of all time. The previous domestic record-holder was Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which bowed with $248 million US in 2015.

Infinity War also topped The Fate of the Furious' global opening record of $542 million US. The international opening of $382.7 million US, which doesn't include China, represents the second-highest international debut ever. Fate of the Furious still holds the top spot with $443 million US, including $185 million US in China.

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The superhero tentpole, which cost between $300 million and $400 million US, boosted Marvel's worldwide total to over $15 billion US between its 19 films. Prior to Infinity War, the original Avengers had the highest opening to date for a Marvel film, debuting with $207.4 million US. Its sequel, Age of Ultron, launched with $191 million US. The first movie earned $623 million US in North America, while the second made $459 million US.

Joe and Anthony Russo directed from a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Infinity War picks up two years after the events of Captain America: Civil War with the Avengers teaming up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to stop the evil Thanos (Josh Brolin).

The heroic ensemble cast includes Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, Chris Evans' Captain America, Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, Chris Pratt's Star Lord, Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange, and Mark Ruffalo's Hulk.

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