Monday 23 July 2018

Avengers: Infinity War blasts its way into UK record books

The latest Marvel superhero film took a bumper £29.4 million during its first days on release.

Some of the cast of Avengers: Infinity War at a fan event in London. Left to right, Joe Russo, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Letitia Wright, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland and Anthony Russo (PA)
Some of the cast of Avengers: Infinity War at a fan event in London. Left to right, Joe Russo, Sebastian Stan, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Letitia Wright, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland and Anthony Russo (PA)

By Ian Jones, Press Association

Avengers: Infinity War has enjoyed the best ever opening for a Marvel film in the UK.

The superhero blockbuster took a massive £29.4 million at the box office during its first four days on release, easily beating the previous record of £18.0 million set by 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron.

It also comfortably outpaced Black Panther, which took £17.7 million on its opening in February this year.

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The film is the 19th to be set in the so-called Marvel cinematic universe, and is likely to become the most successful instalment in the franchise’s 10-year history.

Back in 2008, Iron Man – the very first Marvel film – took just £5.5 million on its opening weekend.

Avengers: Infinity War boasts an enormous cast of superheroes, including Iron Man (played by Robert Downey Jr), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).

Globally the film is expected to have made over one billion dollars within the next few days, and could set a new record for the fastest film to reach such a milestone.

In the UK, the movie has already taken more money in its opening weekend than the entire amount made by previous Marvel films such as 2010’s Iron Man 2 and 2016’s Doctor Strange (£24.1 million and £24.0 million respectively, adjusted for inflation).

The next film in the Marvel franchise, Ant-Man and the Wasp, is due to be released this summer.

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