The 19th MCU movie is the studio's biggest to date, combining the past 10 years of groundwork to pit the heroic superheroes against Thanos. Alongside a new trailer on March 16, AMC Theatres also launched Infinity War's advance ticket sales. In just 72 hours, the ensemble film wiped the floor with the competition and broke the record for pre-release ticket sales.
Ironically, the record was only recently broken when Ryan Coogler's Black Panther did the same and toppled Captain America: Civil War from its top spot. However, having made nearly three times more than Black Panther did in the same time period, Infinity War's statistics are astronomical in comparison. According to AMC, Infinity War's advance ticket sales are 257.6 percent ahead of those of Black Panther 72 hours after tickets went on sale, 751.5 percent ahead of Civil War and 1106.5 percent ahead of the last full Avengers team-up, 2015's Age of Ultron.
Infinity War has already hyped up the use of its IMAX format, and AMC reports that most of the sales have been for IMAX showings or with PRIME at AMC.
As the culmination of the MCU thread the begin in 2012 with the introduction of Thanos in the mid-credits of The Avengers, Infinity War was already tipped for box-office greatness. However, if these figures are anything to go by, it could be even bigger than first expected. Aiming to appeal to anyone who has watched a Marvel movie by including virtually every major hero from the past 18 movies, Infinity War has an impressive roster to fill its run time.
But what can Infinity War's pre-sale stats tell movie fans? Well, considering that it took Black Panther just 26 days to make its way into the billion-dollar club, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige will be hoping that directors Joe and Anthony Russo can do the same with their movie. The previous two Avengers movies have both broken the $1 billion mark, so it will be interesting to see what happens next.
Arriving April 27 worldwide, Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Olsen, Tom Holland, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Tom Hiddleston, and Josh Brolin.