Box Office: ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Is First Summer Pic Ever to Target $2B
The current summer record holder is ‘Jurassic World’ with $1.671 billion.
The tiny club of movies that grossed $2 billion or more at the worldwide box office in their original runs — Avatar and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, to be exact — opened over the year-end holidays, when many adults take time off from work and students of all ages are sprung from classes.
Both films did huge carryover business in January, a relative dead zone in terms of major Hollywood releases. That’s the reverse of the tentpole-soaked summer season, when the marquee is crowded with one sprawling sandcastle after another.
To date, Universal’s Jurassic World is the top-grossing summer title of all time ($1.672 billion), not adjusted for inflation. However, the dinos are now in serious danger of losing the crown to Avengers: Infinity War, the record-breaking Disney and Marvel superhero mashup that is the first summer pic in history to have a shot at nearing $2 billion in global ticket sales after hitting $1.164 billion in its first dozen days. Analysts believe the movie will ultimately gross $1.8 billion-$2 billion.