Avengers: Infinity War has a strong chance of matching or surpassing Black Panther’s second-weekend domestic box office grosses. Marvel’s latest team-up movie made a stunning $305.8 million in the U.S. in the first five days, setting records left and right. According to Box Office Pro, it might approach $112 million and change this weekend—potentially surpassing Black Panther’s second-weekend earnings of $111.7 million.
To be clear, Avengers: Infinity War is the biggest worldwide and domestic opener of all time, and is virtually guaranteed to become the fastest film to gross $1 billion. Yes, you read that right—this thing even knocked Star Wars: The Force Awakens from the top spot when it comes to first weekend numbers, resulting in this endearing exchange between corporate entities.
However, we're here for that second weekend, so let's dig into projections. It's important to note that the above estimate for this upcoming weekend is a figure from the lower end of the spectrum, with $128 million marking the high end. The crowned victor of second-weekend box office numbers is still Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which made a mind-boggling $149.2 million domestically in 2015. Of course, that number is mostly the result of finally providing audience members with a strong Star Wars movie years after the souring prequels left fans desperate for something halfway decent. However, this makes it all the more impressive that Marvel is now in contention with one of its films—one that dropped less than three months ago—to climb even closer to that top spot.
In regards to overall domestic grosses, Avengers: Infinity War is projected to reach $444.6 million by the time this weekend is over, and again—is on track to become the fastest film of all time to generate 1 billion dollars globally. Ultimately, Marvel has established itself as a money-making behemoth on the silver screen, with Iron Man’s release ten years ago marking the beginning of something that is now, seemingly, unstoppable.