Mumbai: Marvel Studio’s latest offering Avengers: Infinity War has become 2018’s highest earner in India till date with its gross box office collections of Rs 40.13 crore.
“Avengers: Infinity War is on its way to become (sic) a cinematic milestone. The euphoria and the reactions from fans across has been stupendous and this is just the beginning,” Bikram Duggal, Executive Director & Head Studios and CMO, Disney India, said in a statement.
The net box office collections of the film, which released in India yesterday, stand at Rs 31.3 crore.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, the film saw the superheroes battle it out against supervillain Thanos, who hopes to possess all the Infinity Stones in order to restore balance in the universe.
Avengers: Infinity War stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Chris Pratt, Dave Bautista, Zoe Saldana, Pom Klementieff, Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, Tom Holland, among others.
The film was announced in October 2014 as Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1. The Russo brothers came on board to direct in April 2015 and by May, Markus and McFeely signed on to write the script for the film, which drew inspiration from Jim Starlin’s 1991 The Infinity Gauntlet comic and Jonathan Hickman’s 2013 Infinity comic.
In July 2016, Marvel shortened the title to Avengers: Infinity War. Filming began in January 2017 at Pinewood Atlanta Studios in Fayette County, Georgia, and lasted until July 2017, shooting back-to-back with a direct sequel. Additional filming took place in Scotland, England, the Downtown Atlanta area and New York City. With an estimated budget between $300–400 million, it is one of the most expensive films ever made, and the most costly of the MCU.
Avengers: Infinity War held its world premiere on 23 April in Los Angeles and was released in the United States on 17 April in IMAX and 3D.
The film has grossed over $95 million worldwide and received positive reviews from critics, who called it an “overstuffed classic” and praised the cast (particularly Brolin), visual effects, and emotional weight of the story, but criticised the length of the film and under-use of some characters. Its sequel is set to be released on 3 May 2019.
With inputs from Wikipedia