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'Avengers: Infinity War' breaks global record with $630 million opening

Bringing together more than two dozen superheroes, "Avengers: Infinity War" has become a "must-see moviegoing event." Analysts said the film reversed a downward trend at the box office.

"Avengers: Infinity War" has set the highest opening weekend of all time, taking in an estimated $630 million (€520 million) globally, according to industry trackers.

Featuring more than two dozen superheroes, the Disney film also broke the record for the highest North American opening weekend, bringing in $250 million.

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"It is an extraordinary weekend for the movie business and for the Marvel Cinematic Universe," said Dave Hollis, who heads domestic distribution at Disney.

"'Infinity War' was the culmination of 10 years of developing the universe and characters that people care about. Having them all come together in this was what created a must-see moviegoing event."

The film follows Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man, Chadwick Boseman's Black Panther, Chris Hemsworth's Thor and many more as they fight to save the universe from the villain Thanos, played by Josh Brolin.

'Superhero power'

Before "Infinity War," "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" held the record for highest global opening, having raked in $529 million in December 2015.

According to industry analysts, the film's record-breaking figures effectively reversed a downward trend at the box office. Before the release of "Infinity War," box office sales were down 2.8 percent. After its release, year-to-date sales were up 3.2 percent.

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"'Avengers: Infinity War'" demonstrated yet another Marvel superhero power," said Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst at media analytics company comScore. "The ability to reverse a downtrending box office year with a single knockout punch and literally change the box office fortunes of Hollywood almost overnight."

"Infinity War" has yet to be released in China, where analysts are expecting its momentum to continue driving box office sales. Marvel's 19 films have collectively pulled in $15 billion worldwide.

ls/cmk (AFP, Reuters)

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