After opening to a massive $39 million on Thursday, Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War looks set to dominate the box office this weekend with the biggest opening to date for the studio.
Current estimates have the superhero blockbuster eyeing a $237 million opening, which will be the second highest opening behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which opened to $247.9 million back in 2015. Of course, as estimates continue to rise, it's entirely possible that could change depending on the film's Sunday numbers as word of mouth is proving to be huge for the third Avengers film.
Even if the film doesn't go on to beat The Force Awakens, it's still proving to be a box office success for Marvel Studios. The film is one of three films to ever cross $100 million in a single day -- behind only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($119.1 million) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($104.7 million). After taking in $100 million alone on Friday, Infinity War has helped to push Disney past the $1 billion domestic mark faster than any other studio this year. And if that's not impressive enough, in its ninth weekend out, Black Panther has moved back into the top five at the box office. To date, that film has secured $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office and, despite it's May home video release, doesn't appear to be slowing down at the box office just yet.
Anticipation for Avengers: Infinity War has been building for years, as it's been hailed as the "end" of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know, so it's not surprising that the film isn't acting like a threequel. In fact, Infinity War looks set to outperform its predecessor, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which fell short of 2012's The Avengers' $207.4 million opening, with $191.2 million. What remains to be seen, however, is just how high Infinity War can go when all is said and done.
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.