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'Star Wars' Hands Off Box Office Crown To 'Avengers' In A Tradition Going Back Decades

By Dana Levinson

Smashing box office records for an opening weekend, Avengers: Infinity War raked in a whopping $257 million in the United States and a gargantuan $640.5 million worldwide. The previous record holder had been Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which grossed $247.9 million domestically and $529 million worldwide. Technically, this is just Disney passing the baton to Disney, because both Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm are subsidiaries of Disney. 

That didn't stop Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy from passing on this note of congratulations to Marvel:

Source: Lucas Film

It all started in 1977 when Steven Spielberg took out a full-page ad in Variety to congratulate Lucasfilm on dethroning his movie Jaws with the very first Star Wars film.

This is the latest in a long tradition of congratulations exchanged between top grossing films: