Advanced tickets are a definite proxy for the excitement that fans are feeling for a movie. If pre-sale ticket sales momentum are an indication of a film’s ultimate financial success, then Avengers: Infinity War is going to break major box office records when it releases later this month. We know this because Fandango just tweeted out some astonishing numbers about the 2 hour and 36 minute Avengers movie:.
— Fandango (@Fandango) April 11, 2018
Like, whoa. The third installment of the Avengers movie didn’t just break Black Panther’s record for advanced ticket sales, but Infinity War has out-pre-sold more movie tickets than the LAST SEVEN MARVEL MOVIES COMBINED. Yes, it’s going to be NUTS.
Specifically, those seven movies spanned the last 2.5 years of Marvel releases. Those movies are no slouches either: Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, and Ant-Man. I mean, it’s not surprising if it were just Ant Man and Doctor Strange, but it’s nutty considering that list includes fan-crazed Black Panther, Spider-Man and Civil War. Each of the films all opened at #1 and each went on to make hundreds of millions of dollars.
To get a sense of what that means dollar-wise to get a sense of how big Infinity War has the potential to be, here’s how the last seven Marvel Movies fared at the box office.
|Released||Marvel Movie||Opened||Domestic Box Office||International Box Office|
|5-May-17||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2||$146,510,104||$389,813,101||$863,197,744|
|6-May-16||Captain America: Civil War||$179,139,142||$408,084,349||$1,153,304,495|
There’s no doubt that Infinity War will open huge (HUGE), but after the first couple weeks, can the film maintain filling seats? A lot of how Infinity War will perform at the box office when it’s all said and done depends on whether it’s an okay, good, or great film.
With the review embargo being lifted the week of the movie’s release, we won’t have a sense of how far the film will track. Not until all the reviews come in, When they do and the film lands somewhere in the 87% range on Rotten Tomatoes (as the last few MCU movies have scored) then expect Infinity War to be the most financially-successful movie of all-time.