New benchmarks have been set by the latest Hollywood release Avengers – Infinity War. The film has taken the biggest opening ever for a Hollywood film, what with 95 crore* coming in. This was helped by another superb day as Sunday brought in 33 crore* more. The film was running to packed capacity on the third day of release.
Leave aside the comparison that the biggest weekend ever for a Hollywood film [Fast and the Furious 7] was just 50.11 crore, the record for even the biggest first week ever [74.63 crore scored by The Jungle Book] has been smashed by a distance. What has to be seen though is whether the lifetime number of 108 crore scored by Fast and the Furious 7 would be surpassed today itself or would it take time till tomorrow.
When compared to Bollywood releases, the film is far ahead of the first thee day numbers of Padmaavat [78 crore] and Baaghi 2 [73.1 crore]. Though Padmaavat eventually emerged into a different league altogether, the first major milestone for Avengers – Infinity War would be to go past the lifetime number of Baaghi 2 [around 165 crore]. Going by the trends, that should be possible during the second weekend.
Since there is a partial holiday today [Buddh Poornima], the film would comfortably stay over the 15 crore mark. However if the collections come close to the 20 crore mark, sky would be the limit for this superhero franchise.
*Estimates. Final numbers awaited
Note: All collections as per production and distribution sources