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Avengers: Infinity War Destroys Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Box Office Record For Biggest Opening Ever

The newest Marvel superhero movie has already made more than $630 million worldwide.

Update: Somehow, Avengers: Infinity War smashed its own record. Though it was previously believed to have the biggest opening weekend of all time with an estimated $250 million domestically, the latest Marvel Cinematic Universe venture actually made considerably more. According to Box Office Mojo, Infinity War actually grossed an estimated $257.7 million over the weekend. Adding that to the $382.8 million in ticket sales internationally puts the film at more than $640 million in its first few days alone--well over halfway to a billion dollars. There's clearly no stopping Thanos and the Avengers. Original story continues below.

Avengers: Infinity War is the new record-holder at the domestic box office. The movie is expected to make $250 million by the end of Sunday in the US and Canada, which would be a new first-weekend record, surpassing Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($248 million). It's made $380 million from overseas markets for a total of $630 million worldwide. That's the biggest global first-weekend in the history of film.

Previously, The Fate of the Furious held the record with $541.9 million. According to EW, Infinity War cost around $300 million to make.

Infinity War's box office performance stands to improve further still, as the superhero movie has not yet opened in China--the world's second-largest area for movies.

One other staggering number made possible by Infinity War is $15.4 billion. That's how much money the 19 Marvel Cinematic Universe movies have made since 2008's Iron Man.

GameSpot's Infinity War review said, "Marvel has accomplished something truly incredible here, although at this point it's no more than the absurdly high-quality bar Marvel fans have come to expect. It's been a long road getting here, but it was worth it."

Rounding out the top five at the domestic box office this weekend were A Quiet Place, I Feel Pretty, Rampage, and Black Panther. You can see the full projections for the April 27-29 weekend below, as rounded up and compiled by EW.

April 27-29 US/Canada Box Office Projections:

  1. Avengers: Infinity War — $250 million
  2. A Quiet Place — $10.7 million
  3. I Feel Pretty — $8.1 million
  4. Rampage — $7.1 million
  5. Black Panther — $4.4 million
  6. Super Troopers 2 — $3.6 million
  7. Truth or Dare — $3.2 million
  8. Blockers — $2.9 million
  9. Ready Player One — $2.4 million
  10. Traffik — $1.6 million
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