Avengers: Infinity War has set its first box office record for Marvel Studios. The film earned a studio best $39M in Thursday night previews, surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron ($27.6M).
Overall, Infinity War enjoyed the fourth best opening night of any film. It trails only Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($57M), Star Wars: The Last Jedi ($45M) and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($43.5M).
If you’re keeping score at home, you’ll notice there are no superhero films ahead of Infinity War. That’s because it broke the almost decade-old opening night record previously held by The Dark Knight ($30.6M).
No one seems to know just where the film will land for its domestic opening weekend. Estimates range anywhere from $225M to $245M with many believing it could exceed $250M. That would put it above The Force Awakens ($248M) for the best opening in North American box office history.
Even if Infinity War does not reach those more ambitious estimates, it is all but guaranteed to have Marvel Studios’ best opening weekend. The current mark is held by The Avengers with $207.4M.