Avengers: Infinity War sprints past $300 mn mark in China, becoming Disney and MCU's highest-grossing film

Anthony and Joe Russo's boundary-busting blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War has sprinted past the $300 million mark in China, making it the highest-grossing Disney film in the area

Surendhar MK May 22, 2018 13:06:30 IST
Avengers: Infinity War sprints past $300 mn mark in China, becoming Disney and MCU's highest-grossing film

Anthony and Joe Russo's boundary-busting blockbuster Avengers: Infinity War has sprinted past the $300 million mark in China, making it the highest-grossing Disney film in the area. It's also the top-earning movie of MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) in the PRC, comfortably surpassing the records set by MCU's 18 films released before Infinity War.

When Avengers: Infinity War landed in China, two weeks after its domestic release, on 11 May, it clocked impressive records in the world's second-largest movie market with a mammoth opening weekend bow of $200 million (1.27 billion yuan). It's been 11 days since the film burst onto mainland screens and the cumulative gross now stands at a peachy $306.5 million.

Avengers Infinity War sprints past 300 mn mark in China becoming Disney and MCUs highestgrossing film

A still from the trailer of Avengers: Infinity War.

Avengers: Infinity War breached the coveted $300 million mark on Sunday (20 May), and topped the daily box-office chart for ten continuous days before it was pushed to the second spot yesterday (21 May) by the local fantasy rom-com How Long Will I Love You, which amassed a $5.95 million gross on Monday against Infinity War's $5 million.

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Now, Infinity War is the fourth highest-earning import film in China, only behind The Fate of the Furious ($392.8 million), Furious 7 ($390.9 million) and Transformers: Age of Extinction ($320 million). While galloping its way to the $300 million mark, the Marvel juggernaut surged past the lifetime takings of other top-grossing imports such as Kung Fu Yoga, Transformers: The Last Knight, Zootopia, Warcraft, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Jurassic World.

Infinity War is now the fourth import film to break into the $300 million club in China after Furious 8, Furious 7 and Transformers 4 and the 11th top-grossing film of all time in the Middle Kingdom. It has also supplanted Steven Spielberg's VFX extravaganza Ready Player One ($220 million) to become the highest-earning foreign film of 2018 in China.

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Currently standing at 1.96 billion yuan cumulative gross in local currency, Avengers: Infinity War is edging towards the 2 billion yuan mark and is just 17.7 million yuan short of China's third highest-grossing import film Transformers: Age of Extinction. AIW is the third MCU film to surpass the 1 billion mark after Ultron and Captain America: Civil War and will soon become the third import film in the history of China to race past the 2 billion yuan mark after The Fate of the Furious and Furious 7.

Avengers Infinity War sprints past 300 mn mark in China becoming Disney and MCUs highestgrossing film

John Krasinski and Millicent Simmonds in A Quiet Place. AP

John Krasinki's word-of-mouth sensation A Quiet Place debuted in China on 18 May and delivered a good $17.7 million opening weekend bow. The Paramount production, with its $2 million Monday gross in the PRC, has raked in an international total of $122.3 million and the global tally is inching towards the $300 million mark with an excellent standing total of $298.5 million.

The worldwide earnings of Avengers: Infinity War, until the fourth weekend of 20 May, stands at a massive $1.81 billion, with an offshore total of $1.218 billion (67%). It's now the fourth largest global release of all-time, behind such films as Avatar ($2.788 billion), Titanic ($2.187 billion), Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($2.068 billion). The film's overwhelming reception in China helped dethrone Jurassic World's $1.61 billion global earnings to push it to the fifth place in the all-time pantheon.

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The $42 million second weekend theatrical revenue from the Middle Kingdom has propelled Avengers: Infinity War as the third largest international release of all-time, only behind the James Cameron epics — Avatar ($2.02 billion) and Titanic ($1.52 billion).

Avengers Infinity War sprints past 300 mn mark in China becoming Disney and MCUs highestgrossing film

Deadpool 2 promo. Image via Twitter

20th Century Fox's Deadpool 2 registered a mighty $301 million opening weekend bow globally, uncrowning Infinity War from its number one spot in the domestic box-office with a $125 million opening. AIW pulled in nearly $29 million in its fourth weekend stateside, pushing its domestic total to $595 million. It's now the eighth top-grossing domestic release of all-time and is expected to trump the lifetime domestic sales of Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($620 million), The Avengers ($623.5 million) by the end of its month-long run.

Now the billion dollar question is whether Avengers: Infinity War will break into the $2 billion club worldwide. It's currently short of approximately $185 million and with Disney's Solo: A Star Wars Story opening on 25 May and Fox's Deadpool 2 catering well to its viewers as expected, the chances look slim but not impossible.

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