Check this out, a story about Avengers: Infinity War and not a single plot spoiler – ain’t that something to write home about!
Infinity War dropped like a giant alien bully from the skies just over a week ago and those cinema seats have been filling up faster then Hulk at a Shake Shack.
Officially released in UK cinemas Wednesday, April 26, and then a day later in US theatres, the behemoth of comic book kick-assery has just spanked past $1 billion in world box office sales today (Saturday May 5).
This has made it the fastest in film history. Whoever said hype was over hyped?
CNN reports, in the last 11 days, Avengers: Infinity War has made more than Wonder Woman, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Guardians of the Galaxy, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Justice League combined.
Last weekend Infinity War smashed the record for biggest global opening in film history, beating previous titleholder The Fate of the Furious’s $541 million with an estimated $640.9m.
Blimey, that’s a lot of popcorn going down into folks’ faces.
Nine out of 10 biggest openings in North American history are now Disney films. Gotta wander what Walt would make of this!
Infinity War joins an elite club of just 34 films to break the billion dollar box office barrier. Don’t really know how to take that, what with the mad rate of inflation that’s taken place in my lifetime, but let’s have a look at some of them.
No really, I swear when I was a kid, it cost a couple of quid to see a film. It costs a small fortune to go to the pictures nowadays.
The top 10 grossing films aren’t even all comic book movies for those of you who like to moan about the state of modern cinema:
- Avatar (2009): $2,788,000,000
- Titanic (1997): $2,187,500,000
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015): $2,068,200,000
- Jurassic World (2015): $1,670,400,000
- Marvel’s The Avengers (2012): $1,518,800,000
- Furious 7 (2015): $1,516,000,000
- Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015): $1,405,400,000
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two (2011): $1,341,500,000
- Black Panther (2018): $1,334,900,000 (and counting)
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017): $1,331,200,000 (and counting)
Loads of variety there: aliens, wizards, dinosaurs, a pair of doom-bound lovers, some boy racers…
Quite interesting though, most of them have been released in the last 10 years.
What was that about the price of cinema tickets?
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Tim Horner is a sub-editor at UNILAD. He graduated with a BA Journalism from University College Falmouth before most his colleagues were born. A previous editor of adult mags, he now enjoys bringing the tone down in the viral news sector.