As Avengers: Infinity War hits theaters, it immediately went into comparison against other blockbuster films of our time. The film is following Black Panther which set and broke many records for ticket sales during its opening run, such as biggest solo superhero launch, biggest February opening, and biggest Monday gross, to name just a few.
With such a great response to Black Panther, fans and critics alike were expecting big things from Infinity War, and it looks like we have not been disappointed!
In just three days, Avengers: Infinity War earned a whopping $640.5 million worldwide, effectively setting the new record for the biggest opening weekend gross. This record was previously held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened to a $529 million worldwide. Although it is always nice to be the record holder for such a giant achievement, sometimes you have to pass the torch when a new winner comes along. That is just what the folks at Lucasfilm did!
This nice celebratory gesture is something that has been going on among the titans of the film industry for decades. It seems like when you’re a good filmmaker, the hits just keep coming.
Back in 1977, when this record was held by the iconic film Jaws, Steven Spielberg took it upon himself to congratulate George Lucas when Star Wars eventually beat it out at the box office.
Then a few years later, in 1982, the throne was given back to Spielberg when E.T. beat out Star Wars. In turn, George Lucas & Co. publicly congratulated Spielberg and everyone who worked on E.T. in a full-page ad in Variety Magazine.
In the early 90s, Lucas re-released the original Star Wars trilogy in theaters, which reclaimed the galaxy far far away’s crown. Spielberg took the time to acknowledge this feat once more.