Lucasfilm Creatively Congratulates Marvel as ‘Avengers’ Beats Its Box Office Record

Avengers Infinity Wars Biggest Opening Weekend

Photo: Reddit

The latest Marvel film, Avengers: Infinity War, hit theaters this past weekend and was a smashing success. Just how well did it do? Officially, the movie had the biggest opening weekend of all time. In North America, the film made $250 million, beating the previous record holder, Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ $247.9 million. The achievement certainly hasn't gone unnoticed, especially by Lucasfilm, who congratulated Marvel Studios on taking the top spot.

Lucasfilm passed along the sentiments in a heartfelt message that’s since gone viral. In a handwritten script, the image reads, “From a Galaxy far, far away… to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes CONGRATULATIONS on the biggest opening weekend in history!” It accompanies a photo of Rey passing a lightsaber (like a torch) into the hand of Ironman. In an industry that, at times, seems so competitive and profit-driven, it’s nice to see the two studios engage in this playful way.

This congratulatory message isn't the first instance where one studio contacted another on their biggest opening weekend success, though. In fact, it falls in line with a tradition that's decades old. See how Steven Spielberg passed the torch to George Lucas in 1977—and beyond—below.

When Avengers: Infinity War recently surpassed Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the biggest opening weekend of all time, Lucasfilm congratulated Marvel Studios. This represents a tradition going back decades…

Biggest Opening Weekend Congratulations

Steven Spielberg congratulates George Lucas

… for a long time, it was Steven Spielberg and George Lucas exchanging honors…

Biggest Opening Weekend Congratulations

Lucas congratulates Spielberg

Biggest Opening Weekend Congratulations

Spielberg congratulates Lucas

… until James Cameron sunk it with Titantic in 1997.

Biggest Opening Weekend Congratulations

Lucas congratulates James Cameron

Biggest Opening Weekend Congratulations

Marvel congratulates Spielberg and Colin Trevorrow

Biggest Opening Weekend Congratulations

Spielberg and co. congratulate J.J. Abrams and Lucas

h/t: [Reddit]

All images via Imgur unless otherwise noted.

Related Articles:

Illustrated Portraits of Famous Filmmakers Made of Iconic Elements From Their Movies

Incredibly Realistic Marvel Comic Characters Revealed Through Body Painting

Disney/Marvel Mashups

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
Become a
My Modern Met Member
As a member, you'll join us in our effort to support the arts.
Become a Member
Explore member benefits

Sponsored Content