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Avengers: Infinity War fever sweeps India, marks strong performance at BO

Avengers: Infinity War fever sweeps India, marks strong performance at BO

Hollywood is watching to see if the film-featuring the Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy-can smash the U.S. opening weekend box-office record now held by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens".

"Avengers: Infinity War" marks the 10th anniversary of Marvel Studios and its cinematic universe, which has come to completely dominate the world's box office in the past decade. "Avengers: Infinity War" displayed a small drop from its Friday's collections, but the numbers could rise on Sunday (holiday), and followed by Monday and Tuesday, which are also non-working holidays in some parts of India. Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn has enthusiastically tweeted support for Infinity War all weekend, which is only fitting because the Guardians play a major role within the film. Outside of the MCU, the Infinity War total ranks fourth all time.

Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film saw the superheroes battle it out against supervillain Thanos, who hopes to possess all the Infinity Stones in order to restore balance in the universe. Industry experts are predicting Infinity War to make $240 million in its USA opening weekend, which would make it the second highest debut in history, after Force Awakens' $248 million.

Also Read: After 'Avengers: Infinity War, ' What in the Hell Happens Now? Globally, "Infinity War" hit a whopping $630 million, smashing the previous global opening weekend record of $541.9 million held by "The Fate Of The Furious". The movie has observed an unusual opening in India breaking all the records made by the Hindi films.

This year's other Marvel film, Black Panther, was released in February and now holds the all-time record for highest grossing domestic Marvel film at $684.9 million and rising. Still, a Marvel-record $39 million (according to Box Office Mojo) on Thursday preview night alone is even more than expected.

No other films opened in wide release this weekend. Black Panther has earned $681 million in North America to become the No. 3 film of all time behind Force Awakens ($936.7 million) and Avatar ($760.5 million).


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