‘Avengers’ film nabs 4th biggest preview gross ever

NEW YORK (AP) – The superhero-stuffed “Avengers: Infinity War” is off to a super start, nabbing the fourth biggest preview gross ever and earning $95 million in 43 countries ahead of what could be a record-breaking debut in North America.

Marvel Studios reported Friday that the crossover event “Infinity War” scooped up $39 million domestically from Thursday-night previews, the highest preview title for a Marvel film and the fourth biggest preview gross ever.

The film earned more on a Thursday than “Avengers: Age of Ultron” ($27.6 million) and “Black Panther” ($25.2 million), but was behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” ($57 million), “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” ($45 million) and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2” ($43 million).

It also has so far earned $11.4 million in South Korea, $10 million in Australia and $9 million in the United Kingdom, as well as scoring the highest movie opening in countries including Brazil, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Chile. It opened in 21 countries on Wednesday and added 22 on Thursday.