‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Becomes Fastest Film to Earn $1 Billion Worldwide

Marvel film will pass global milestone on Saturday, one day faster than “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”

Last Updated: May 5, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

On Saturday, “Avengers: Infinity War” set another box office record, becoming the fastest film in history to gross $1 billion worldwide. The Marvel film will reach the milestone on its eleventh day in theaters, beating the record held by “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” by one day.

On Friday, the film made $31.4 million domestically and $38.5 million overseas, bringing its global total to $974.5 million. When it crosses the $1 billion mark today, Disney will have been responsible for half of the 34 films that have reached that mark, with six coming from Marvel Studios. Disney has also now grossed $3 billion worldwide in 2018, beating its own record for the fastest studio to hit that mark by a single day.

On the domestic side, “Avengers” is currently projected to make an astounding $122 million in its second weekend, a 53 percent drop from its record $257 million opening. That total would be the second-highest ever total made by a film in its second weekend. “The Force Awakens,” which saw its second weekend fall on Christmas, holds the record with $149 million. “Avengers” did, however, top the $111 million second weekend total made by “Black Panther” back in February.

With this result, “Avengers” is looking at an estimated ten-day domestic total of $460 million, the second-highest total for any release after ten days and the second-fastest to $400 million, both behind “Force Awakens.”

In a very distant second place this weekend is Pantelion/MGM’s comedy “Overboard,” a remake of the 80s comedy of the same name that has opened on 1,623 screens.

Fans of the film’s lead star, Mexican comedic actor Eugenio Derbez, are pushing “Overboard” to the top end of tracker projections with an estimated $14 million launch after making $4.8 million on Friday. That would be slightly higher than the $12.2 million made by Derbez’s previous film, “How To Be A Latin Lover.”Opening night crowds were 61 percent female and gave the comedy an A- on CinemaScore.

In third place is Paramount’s “A Quiet Place” with $7-8 million in its fifth weekend. That total will push the film’s domestic cume to $160 million, passing the domestic run of Paramount’s highest grossing 2016 release, “Star Trek: Beyond.”

Two other films released this weekend are expected to open outside the top five. Focus Features’ “Tully,” which stars Charlize Theron as a struggling mother who bonds with a night nanny, is projected to make $3.7 million this weekend from 1,353 cinemas.

Meanwhile, Electric Entertainment’s “Bad Samaritan,” which stars David Tennant as a hustler caught in a kidnapping plot, is looking at an opening of $1.75 million from 2,007 locations. “Bad Samaritan” is the first film distributed by Electric Entertainment, which is owned by the film’s director, Dean Devlin.