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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Crosses $1B in Record Time

Disney and Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War has crossed $1 billion at the worldwide box office faster than any film in history.

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, the superhero mashup achieved the milestone on Saturday, its 11th day in release. That supplants the 12 days it took for fellow Disney title Star Wars: The Force Awakens to join the billion-dollar club. (The clock begins on the day a film opens overseas, which, in the case of Infinity War, was April 25.)

Infinity War finished Friday with a worldwide total of $974.5 million, including $369.7 million in North America, where last weekend it eclipsed the December 2015 launch of Lucasfilm’s Force Awakens ($248 million) to score the top domestic opening of all time with $257.8 million.

The film’s international total of $604.8 million through Thursday is all the more impressive for the fact that it doesn’t set sail in China until May 11. It debuted in Russia on Thursday to $4.9 million, the biggest opening day of all time there.

Disney’s domination is hard to ignore. On Friday, Disney crossed $3 billion in ticket sales at the 2018 global box office, the fastest any studio has reached this threshold in a given year (in 2016, Disney set a new benchmark when crossing $3 billion on May 6).

Infinity War becomes the 34th movie to cross $1 billion at the global box office, not accounting for inflation. The Disney empire lays claim to 17 of those titles — or half — including six Marvel films (The AvengersAvengers: Age of UltronBlack PantherIron Man 3Captain America: Civil War and Infinity War).

Avengers: Infinity War has already outperformed a slew of superhero films. On Thursday, it surpassed the entire worldwide run of Spider-Man 3 ($890.9 million), Spider-Man: Homecoming ($880.2 million), Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($873.6 million) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 ($863.8 million).

That’s after passing up Thor: Ragnarok ($854 million), Wonder Woman ($822 million) and Spider-Man ($822 million) on Wednesday and Deadpool ($783 million), Guardians of the Galaxy ($773 million), The Amazing Spider-Man ($758 million), X-Men: Days of Future Past ($748 million) and Suicide Squad ($747 million) on Tuesday.

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