'Avengers: Infinity War' scores second-biggest opening in China box office history

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Infinity War set a new IMAX Marvel opening weekend record, grossing $23.3 million on 408 IMAX screens.

It was certainly a powerful moment in the film, especially for Peter and Gamora's relationship, which now spans three movies.

During the weekend, AIW raced past the lifetime domestic total of films such as Beauty and the Beast ($504 million), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ($532 million) and The Dark Knight ($534 million) to become the eighth-highest domestic release of all-time.

Despite its huge opening, Infinity War still didn't beat out The Fate of the Furious for No.1 opening weekend in China.

Infinity War posted the biggest opening days in South Korea ($39.2 million), Mexico ($25.1 million), Brazil ($18.8 million), the Philippines ($12.5 million), Thailand ($10 million), Indonesia ($9.6 million) and Malaysia ($8.4 million).

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Still showing legs at the box office is Marvel Studios' Black Panther, which grossed $1.9 million domestic in its 13 weekend in release.

Speaking with BBC in a recent interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed that the teenage Muslim superhero will "definitely" get some screen-time in the foreseeable future. The fourth "Avengers" film is due out next year.

For the purposes of this article, I applied that same 51% increase to the opening for Avengers: Infinity War to form an estimate of how much more it will gross from China.

"Infinity War" is now poised to pass 2015's "Jurassic World" ($1.67 billion) and take a real run at joining "Avatar", "Titanic" and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" as the only movies to cross the $2 billion mark. I'm not saying it can't happen (the movie has defied all expectations at every turn) I just don't think it will.

Domestic and worldwide together now puts "Avengers: Infinity War" at $1,606,829,103. Make sure to let us know below, and if you have somehow gone this long without watching the film you can still catch it in theaters everywhere!

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