HOLLYWOOD HEROES™: It’s good to be Marvel. The company is having perhaps their best year ever. 2018 has seen Black Panther put up box office numbers unlike anything the Marvel Cinematic Universe has previously witnessed. That’s not even taking critical acclaim into account either. Then, over the past week and change, their tentpole of tentpoles, Avengers: Infinity War, has launched to even huger numbers. We still have Ant-Man and the Wasp hitting this summer too. Suffice to say, the MCU is alive and kicking. Avengers: Infinity War has become one of their very biggest hits, setting a number of box office records along the way.
In case you forgot somehow, the film is a culmination of all that the MCU has built so far. Marvel Studios describes it as such: “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, artifacts 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.” IMDb has a more concise version: “The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.” As we all know, the Avengers are led by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), with other members including Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Bruce Banner/Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch (Elisabeth Olsen). Also joining in the fight against Thanos (Josh Brolin) are Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Scott Lang/Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and of course T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), not to mention the Guardians of the Galaxy (Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, etc). Anthony Russo and Joe Russo direct a script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, with other cast members including Angela Bassett, Paul Bettany, Linda Cardellini, Don Cheadle, Benicio Del Toro, Peter Dinklage, Winston Duke, Idris Elba, Jon Favreau, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Tom Hiddleston, Pom Klementieff, Gwyneth Paltrow, Benedict Wong, Letitia Wright, and many more. This is one of the biggest A-list casts of all time. Alan Silvestri composed the score.
The box office haul has been impressive, and that’s putting it rather mildly. After capturing the opening weekend record with $257.6 million, the film has now held strong in week two. The movie has scored the second biggest second weekend in domestic history, taking in another $112.5 million. Throw in the fact that it’s passed the one billion dollar mark globally in a record setting 11 days, and we really have something. The Avengers have truly assembled at the box office, to say the least. Where they go from here now is the question. Could more records end up falling before all is said and done?
While it seems unlikely that Avengers: Infinity War will make as much as Black Panther, which means you can cross Star Wars: The Force Awakens off the list, there’s a chance that this will make at least as much as the original installment, The Avengers. Basically $600 million seems like a solid domestic mark for the flick to hit. We’ll see in the coming weeks, but there’s no reason not to look at the film as a massive success. One of the biggest movies of the year also turned out to be one of the best, so go figure, the money has followed.
All told, Avengers: Infinity War is a full on smash, across the board. The MCU is at its strongest point to date, with presumably another gigantic hit coming next year with the Avengers sequel. Throw in their other future offerings and things are going well, to say the least. We’ll have to watch as the money continues to roll in, especially if Avengers: Infinity War manages to have future holds on par with Black Panther. For now, the possibilities are vast. The worst case scenario is still a massive success, while the best case is almost unfathomable. Time will tell how it all turns out…
Stay tuned to see just how much money Avengers: Infinity War ends up making!