Fans all around the world got the chance to catch the nineteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe this weekend in what was one of the biggest crossover events the world has ever seen. The film, which was 10 years in the making, had an incredibly successful weekend at the South African box office and alongside being the highest-grossing film at the cinemas this weekend, the movie broke two records as it officially lands the biggest opening day and weekend of all time in South Africa.
Avengers: Infinity War took in nearly R24.6 million at the South African Box Office, with over 287k attendances for its opening weekend, including Thursday night previews. This debut ranks as the biggest industry opening weekend ever in South African Box Office history. Friday 27 April also saw Avengers: Infinity War take in over R8.4 million, the biggest industry opening day ever at the local box office.
The film, however, also made a massive impact throughout the rest of Africa. Avengers: Infinity War has become the biggest opening weekend of all time in West Africa with over N137.4 million while the film achieved the biggest April and second highest opening weekend (after Marvel Studios’ Black Panther) in East Africa with over kes 23.4 million.
Meanwhile, Black Panther continues it’s impressive streak as South Africa’s highest-grossing film of all-time. The film has earned an unprecedented R105 million at the box office with nearly 1.4 million attendances throughout the country.
Marvel proves its formula is stronger than ever as 2018 is shaping up to be the brand’s most successful year to date. The studio is also planning to release three more films this year in the form of Deadpool 2 (18 May), Ant-Man And The Wasp (6 July) and Venom (5 October). In the meantime, Avengers: Infinity War and Black Panther are in cinemas now.
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