Avengers: Infinity War May Have the Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time

April 19, 2018, 5:48 PM UTC

“Avengers: Infinity War” hasn’t officially launched at the box office yet, but it’s already expected to be a winner. In fact, the film is currently poised to potentially unseat 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the biggest opening of all time in the U.S. and Canada, The Wall Street Journal reports.

The current opening weekend record is $248 million, Infinity War has already sold more than $50 million in advance tickets, and surveys suggest that more people are interested in seeing the film than were in the last Star Wars release.

Recent surveys suggest 45% of moviegoers consider the film to be a “first choice” when it comes to seeing upcoming films at the box office, in contrast to the 33% of moviegoers who said the same about The Force Awakens at the same point in time before its opening, reports The Journal.

Infinity War was the first film to be shot using IMAX cameras. It follows the release of another hit from Marvel, “Black Panther,” which accounted for one-quarter of all movie tickets sold during the first three months of 2018. Worldwide, it has grossed close to $1.3 billion.