Just one day to go for Avengers: Infinity War. Early reviews are already pouring-in on social media and everybody is saying it’s definitely worth the hype. But does it even matter? Infinity War is 10 years in the making; culmination of all the Marvel movies that came out in the past decade. Disney India and Marvel studios are gearing up for the biggest Hollywood movie release in India. With over 2000 screens in four different languages, it opens on 27th April.
Infinity War has already the broken pre-booking record at the Indian box office. It hit highest ever advanced booking for any Hollywood movie in India right before Baahubali 2.
Ashish Saksena, COO at BookMyShow told indianexpress, “The response to ticket bookings for Avengers: Infinity War has been extremely encouraging. While the craze for watching the film on an IMAX screen is huge, the sales have been remarkable even for the 3D format. Given the huge anticipation around the film from fans, Disney opened the advance bookings on Sunday instead of Wednesday as is the trend and this turned out to be a rewarding decision. On BookMyShow, Avengers: Infinity War has clocked the highest Day 1 sales for any Marvel or superhero film till date. We expect the film to have a blockbuster opening this Friday. Over the years, Marvel films have cultivated a huge following in India and Avengers: War Infinity is definitely a highly anticipated film that the audiences are eagerly waiting for. This weekend, we expect the film to open as big as any other Hindi blockbuster.”
Rajender Jyala of INOX Leisure Limited seconded this. He told Hindustan Times, “We opened advance bookings on Sunday (April 22) morning and we sold over 40,000 tickets by 7 pm, which is the highest ever for any Hollywood movie and second highest advance of all time after Baahubali 2.”
Devang Sampat of Cinepolis told Hindustan Times, “In one day of advance booking, we sold around 50,000 tickets which is history in the making.”
This is a huge benchmark for Hollywood movies. Trade Analysts predict a 200 crore+ collection for Infinity War in India, which is even better than most Bollywood blockbusters. But if Infinity War needs to become the highest grossing Hollywood movie in India, it would need to surpass The Jungle Book, which collected over 258 crores in India.