Avengers: Infinity War continues to advance, and with its Memorial Day weekend gross, it is getting close to reaching the rare $2 billion mark.
According to Box Office Mojo, the film made $17 million domestically over the holiday weekend, which is an impressive sum for a movie that has already been out for a month. It made an additional $32.5 million outside of the United States, giving it a grand total of about $1.9 billion.
That being said, its momentum is at least slowing, as those numbers are down from the $84.4 internationally and $29 million domestically that it made over the previous weekend―a weekend when it had to contend with its Fox rival, Deadpool 2. The Memorial Day weekend saw the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, a sort of “friendly rival” owned by Disney’s other major subsidiary, Lucasfilm. It performed well below expectations, barely passing the $100 million mark.
Meanwhile, Avengers: Infinity War has broken so many records that they can be hard to keep track of. It had the biggest opening weekend ever, both domestically and internationally, and was the fastest movie to ever reach $1 billion. It is also currently the fourth highest grossing movie of all time; the three movies higher than it (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Titanic and Avatar) are also the only three movies to pass $2 billion.
Such a massive success would obviously be great news for Marvel Studios and Disney, and would bode well for next year’s fourth Avengers film, which would presumably make even more money. Though described as a distinct movie, it will follow up from the cliffhanger of Infinity War, and fans are already excited to see what it does.