Lucasfilm and the studios’ boss, Kathleen Kennedy, have tweeted a congratulatory message to Marvel Studios for their record-breaking movie, Avengers: Infinity War, which dethroned Lucasfilm’s very own Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Avengers: Infinity War is smashing box office records with a vengeance, not unlike Thanos smashing this with the help of his Infinity Gauntlet. Infinity War raked in an impressive $640.9 million globally on its opening weekend, and it ended up breaking the previous domestic (in the US) opening record set by Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens; a record that many people felt wouldn’t be broken for some time. It only took three years to break it.
Lucasfilm knows when they’ve been beaten and took the time to post a tweet congratulating Marvel Studios’ recent success. The tweet is of an image in which Rey is handing over Luke’s original lightsaber to Iron Man, and Kathleen Kennedy has left a little note on this image. “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!” Check out the tweet below.
— Star Wars (@starwars) May 1, 2018
It’s a nice gesture from Lucasfilm, and I like the symbolic ‘passing of the lightsaber’ imagery used in this tweet. Yet I have to say that the fact that both studios are subsidiaries of Disney makes the whole thing feel a bit hollow. That said, this shouldn’t take anything away from either film which not only did incredibly well financially, but they were also well-made films that told captivating stories. On a personal note, both The Force Awakens and Infinity War were two of my most memorable cinematic experiences, and I’m sure many of you feel the same way.
All we can do now is wait until Avengers 4 and J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode IX come out to see which film will break this opening weekend record next. Who knows, maybe Jason Statham’s The Meg will surprise everybody?