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Avengers: Infinity War features a huge number of heroes including (from left) Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt) and Mantis (Pom Klementieff). Photo: AP

Avengers: Infinity War makes Hong Kong box office history on opening day

The 19th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Avengers: Infinity War proves as popular as anticipated and usurps a previous title in the comic book franchise for the opening-day box office crown

It was expected. Marvel’s much-anticipated superhero extravaganza Avengers: Infinity War has duly swept aside everything before it and broken the opening-day box office record in Hong Kong cinema history on its first day of release.

The film grossed HK$10,371,539 (US$1.32 million) on Wednesday, according to figures released by local industry monitor Hong Kong Box Office.

Its dominance at the box office was reflected in other numbers: 88 per cent of all Hong Kong cinema-goers – or more precisely, 91,779 out of a total of 103,893 – watched Infinity War yesterday, and its box office takings accounted for 93 per cent of yesterday’s total box office of HK$11,198,095.

Josh Brolin as the big bad guy Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War. Photo: AP
Infinity War is the third official outing for Marvel’s superhero ensemble (after 2012’s The Avengers and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron) and the 19th film overall in the decade-old Marvel Cinematic Universe. It enjoyed strong critical reception before its release and was rated five stars in the Post ’s review, which calls the film “easily the best Marvel movie ever made”.

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The previous opening-day record in Hong Kong was, unsurprisingly, Avengers: Age of Ultron, which took HK$9,616,749 when it opened in cinemas on April 23, 2015.

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