‘Avengers: Infinity War’ box office: Marvel extravaganza is catching up to ‘Black Panther’ in the record books

Black Panther” exploded at the box office this spring, but “Avengers: Infinity War” is already catching up to its kingly sums. Marvel’s crossover event has taken in $450 million domestically and $1.164 billion worldwide. It reached the billion mark in just 11 days, faster than any other film in history. In fact, it has already taken in more money overseas ($713 million) than “Black Panther” has ($645 million). Will the superhero extravaganza keep breaking records?

It almost goes without saying that “Avengers” was the number-one movie in America for the second week in a row over the May 4-6 weekend. It dropped 56% from its opening weekend, but that still brought it $112 million, almost 10 times as much as the number-two movie, the remake of the romantic comedy “Overboard,” which brought in $14 million. Domestically, “Infinity War” is already the 15th biggest moneymaker of all time (110th if you account for inflation), and worldwide it’s also 15th. And it may just be getting started.

But “Black Panther” is still in the top-10 at the box office even in its 12th week of release, taking in another $3.1 million domestically for a total of $693 million, which still makes it the third highest grossing movie of all time (30th when you account for inflation). And with $1.338 billion worldwide it has also passed “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” for ninth place on the list of the all-time biggest hits across the globe. It’s now eyeing the eighth-place slot currently occupied by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” ($1.405 billion).

But there’s something interesting about “Black Panther’s” global haul: out of the top 20 movies of all time it’s the only one to have made most of its money on our own shores: 51.8% of its earnings have come from the domestic box office. Compare that to “Avengers: Infinity War,” whose domestic take is only 38.7% of its worldwide total. Maybe the tagline for “Black Panther” should have been “Make America great again.”

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