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‘Avengers’ opens with $630m, smashing global record

Update : 30 Apr 2018, 09:00 PM
“Avengers: Infinity War” took in $630million in its first weekend, the highest global opening of all time, industry estimates showed on Sunday. That topped “The Fate of the Furious,” the eighth installment of the high-octane action series starring Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson and Michelle Rodriguez that opened with more than $530 million globally in 2017. “Infinity War,” which features more than two dozen superheroes fighting to save the universe, also broke the record for highest North American opening weekend, raking in $250 million at US and Canadian box offices. That beat “The Force Awakens,” the seventh film in the long-running “Star Wars” space saga that made $248 million in its opening weekend in 2015. “Infinity War” is the 19th film in the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), combining a whopping nine franchises and a cast list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood’s A-list.Robert Downey Jr dons the red and gold metal suit once again as Iron Man; Benedict Cumberbatch is Doctor Strange; Scarlett Johansson is back as Black Widow; and Australia’s Chris Hemsworth is Thor. Black Panther, Captain America, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Hawkeye, the Guardians of the Galaxy and their assorted allies come together for a massive reunion. Their mission is to prevent the powerful purple alien Thanos (Josh Brolin) from destroying the universe. “We took a picture of every single person whose character has been in the MCU. We hung it up on a wall all around us,” co-director Anthony Russo, who helms the film with his brother Joe, told reporters ahead of its release. “We basically spent months and months and months talking about where we could go with each character, how we could draw them through the story,” he added. This is the third “Avengers” film, before the final, untitled saga set for next year.
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