Avengers: Infinity War kicked off its theatrical run Wednesday overseas, earning $39 million from 21 markets, setting records along the way.
Deadline reports that Australia ($6.7 million), Korea ($6.5 million), Italy ($3.9 million), France ($3.9 million) and the Philippines ($2.7 million) led the pack for the Marvel Studios sequel.
Infinity War saw the biggest opening day for a film by tickets sold in South Korea, the second-highest opening in Australia, and broke similar records in other countries. It also took the spot at the box office in each of the markets it opened. The film will have debuted in 72 percent of international markets by the close of the weekend.
Avengers: Infinity War opens in North America tonight, with weekend box office projections hovering between $230 million and $245 million. If the film surpasses the upper estimate, it could eclipse the record for biggest opening weekend now held by Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($247 million). Industry experts have the film's international total estimated as high as $275 million.
Infinity War is already taking the world by storm. With a Rotten Tomatoes certified fresh score of 87 percent, critics are calling the film an expert case of character management. CBR called it "Marvel's riskiest film yet."
In theaters Friday worldwide, Avengers: Infinity War is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Bettany, 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, among others.