[Photo by: Lucasfilm, Marvel]
Marvel's Infinity War has been smashing box office records previously set by earlier Marvel films, surpassing the wildly successful Black Panther movie that raked in an impressive $25.2 million on its opening night. Now, Avengers: Infinity War has officially passed Star Wars: The Force Awakens for top domestic box office opening, and Lucasfilm passed on the torch in the best way possible.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy shared a very special (and super cool) congratulations note to Marvel for their record-breaking $258 million opening that featured a lightsaber being symbolically handed over to Iron Man along with a note:
“From a galaxy far, far away…to Earth's Mightiest Heroes…congratulations on the biggest opening weekend in history! From Kathy and everyone at Lucasfilm!”
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 1, 2018
Fandango managing editor Erik Davis pointed on on Twitter that the note featuring characters from one movie congratulating those from the record-breaking film is a long-standing tradition started by Steven Spielberg, who congratulated George Lucas on Star Wars breaking Jaws' box office records with a picture of R2-D2 hooking himself a great white shark. Lucas later returned the sentiment after Spielberg's E.T. took back that record with a picture of E.T. being held up by Star Wars characters.
�� Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy continues the tradition that began between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, who sent letters to congratulate the other on breaking their previous record#StarWars #InfinityWar pic.twitter.com/tpaaaKE9I7
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) May 1, 2018
Previously, Star Wars: The Force Awakens held the top spot with $248 million. Globally, Infinity War is estimated to top $700 million by the end of this weekend. The numbers are already astounding, and will only continue to climb considering the film still has its China debut mid-May.
Disney now holds the top three biggest domestic openings ever with Avengers: Infinity War, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
How many more records can we expect Infinity War to break? Give us your guess in the comments below!