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Avengers: Infinity War Dominates Box Office With Record-Setting Opening Weekend

With a jaw-dropping ensemble cast of superheroes, is there any surprise?

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Marvel Studios’ blockbuster hit Avengers: Infinity War rejuvenated this weekend’s domestic box office with its estimated $250 million opening weekend, surpassing its predecessor Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ prior record of $248 million.

Avengers: Infinity War is the 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and features an ensemble team of over 20 all-star actors, all who have starred in prior films in the franchise over the past decade, including Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Norse god Thor as well as Oscar nominees Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr. and Josh Brolin as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Tony Stark/Iron Man and Thanos respectively.

According to data provided by Box Office Mojo, Avengers: Infinity War is one of the six Hollywood feature films, alongside Star Wars: The Force Awakens;  Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Jurassic World; Marvel’s The Avengers; and Marvel’s Black Panther, to transcend the domestic box office’s $200 million opening weekend benchmark.

CNN reports that not only did Avengers: Infinity War make headlines at the domestic box office, it also shattered global box office expectations, and The Fate of the Furious‘ former record of $540 million, raking in an approximated gross of $630 million worldwide.

It should be noted that Avengers: Infinity War has yet to premiere in China, one of the world’s major foreign movie markets, which is scheduled to debut in Chinese theatres on May 11, as reported by Rolling Stone.

The final tally is expected is be released on Monday.

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