Remember in Spaceballs, when Lone Star tells Barf that it’s not about making money, it’s about making “a shit-load of money”? That’s Marvel Studios talking about Avenges: Infinity War, which is currently on track to make over $200 million in its opening weekend. It’s been a very good year for Marvel.
On Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter revealed that current estimates have Infinity War on track to make “a huge” $175 million to $200 million debut in its opening weekend, beginning April 27.
“Projections could easily climb higher in the three weeks that remain before the movie’s debut in theaters on April 2,” adds THR.
If Infinity War lives up to estimates, it will join an elite class of blockbusters that opened to over $175 million in the U.S. market. The class includes four Marvel/Disney movies, including February’s Black Panther, which opened at $202 million, 2012’s The Avengers at $207.4 million, 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron at $191.3 million, and 2016’s Captain America: Civil War at $179.1 million. (The other films include The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, also from Disney, and Universal’s Jurassic World.)
Of course Infinity War was going to be big. But to put that kind of figure speaks to just how big the next Marvel movie will be. And that’s coming just mere months after Black Panther, which surpassed the billion dollar milestone after fewer than 30 days in theaters.
Even after Infinity War, the Marvel party isn’t over. In July, Ant-Man and the Wasp will hit in theaters, while 2019 will see the premiere of Captain Marvel and the still-untitled fourth Avengers film. Lead Marvel producer Kevin Feige has repeatedly confirmed that the title of Avengers 4 is a “spoiler” to the plot of Avengers: Infinity War.
Avengers: Infinity War will be released on April 27.