After setting new milestones in North America, Disney’s “Avengers: Infinity War” nearly broke the all-time box office record in China. Its opening weekend haul in the Middle Kingdom is in excess of $200 million.
The Marvel Comic Universe franchise title soared to $202 million, according to provisional data from Chinese researcher China Box Office at 11 p.m. local time in China on Sunday. Figures will be updated locally. Disney estimated a $200 million figure, which it said was the second-highest in Chinese-currency terms.
“Infinity War” opened with $257 million in North America two weeks ago. The China debut points to the sixth-largest single territory opening of all time, on a par with the “Black Panther” debut in North America.
In China, the “Infinity War” haul compares with the previous highest-opening score of $188 million, registered earlier this year by “Monster Hunt 2.” In 2017, “The Fate of the Furious” became the fastest-opening Hollywood film in China, with $184 million in three days.
But Disney reported RMB1.266 billion in local currency for “Avengers,” compared with the higher RMB1.352 billion for “Fate of the Furious.”
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Data from Ent Group showed “Infinity War” playing an unprecedented 203,000 screenings on both Friday and Saturday. On Friday it earned a revised $61 million, according to Ent Group, after earning $9 million in Thursday previews and early Friday midnight screenings.
The China total included $20.5 million from 514 IMAX screens. That was the biggest-ever opening weekend for IMAX in China, beating “The Fate of the Furious,” which earned $13.3 million.