Avengers: Infinity War has smashed through the opening weekend records like the Hulk smashing, well, everything. Meaning 9 of the top 10 U.S. opening weekend blockbusters feature visual effects created with the help of SpeedTree.

The opening weekend box office records have become like the Stanley Cup, symbolically passed on through easter egg-laden congratulatory tweets.  Popular franchises are leapfrogging each other as each successive installment demands more hype and upwards of 2,000 visual effects shots per film.  Of the movies on the U.S. list this week, most were created with a complex pipeline that included SpeedTree as well as many other tools. Proving that as the demand for larger visual spectacles continues, so does the evolution of tools adopted by artists to create them.

Studios need tools that don’t inhibit their ability to create and improvise while being efficient enough to tackle visual effects shots of a huge scale. It’s a challenge that we’ve taken on since we first worked with ILM to develop Academy Award-winning SpeedTree Cinema, helping them to create the densely forested worlds of Pandora and has since been used on hundreds of films and tv shows.

We’re honored to be able to work with the talented teams at all the visual effects studios to provide them with the solutions they need and can’t wait to see what they create next!

Top Ten U.S. Box Office Records (from Box Office Mojo and Art of VFX):

1. Avengers: Infinity War

Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor: Russell Earl)
Weta Digital (VFX Supervisors: Matt Aitken & Charles Tait)
Double Negative (VFX Supervisor: Graham Page)
Method Studios (VFX Supervisor: Greg Steele)
Framestore (VFX Supervisor: Patric Roos)
Cinesite (VFX Supervisor: Andrew Morley)
Digital Domain (VFX Supervisor: Kelly Port)
RISE (VFX Supervisor: Oliver Schulz)
Lola VFX
Territory Studio

The Production VFX Supervisors are: Dan DeLeeuw and Swen Gillberg.

Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Release Date: 27 April 2018 (USA)

2. Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The VFX are made by:
Industrial Light & Magic (Senior VFX Supervisor : John Knoll)
Kelvin Optical (VFX Supervisor : Luke McDonald)
Blind Ltd (CG Supervisor : Andrew Booth)

The Overall VFX Supervisor is Roger Guyett.

Director: J.J. Abrams
Release Date: 18 December 2015 (USA)

3. Star Wars: The Last Jedi

The VFX are made by:
Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisors: Mike MulhollandEddie PasquarelloDan Seddon and Alex Prichard)
Important Looking Pirates
Jellyfish Pictures
One of Us
Rodeo FX
Blind Ltd (CG Supervisor: Andrew Booth)

The Production VFX Supervisor is Ben Morris.

Director: Rian Johnson
Release Date: 15 December 2017 (USA)

4. Jurassic World

The VFX are made by:
Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor : Tim Alexander)
Image Engine (VFX Supervisor : Martyn Culpitt)
Hybride (VFX Supervisors : Philippe Théroux & Joseph Kasparian)
Tippett Studio

Director: Colin Trevorrow
Release Date: 12 June 2015 (USA)

5. Marvel’s The Avengers

The VFX are made by:
Weta Digital
Scanline VFX
Fuel VFX
Evil Eye Pictures
Luma Pictures
Cantina Creative
Modus FX
Digital Domain
New Deal Studios
The Third Floor (previs and postvis)
Method Design

6. Black Panther

The VFX are made by:
Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor: Craig Hammack)
Digital Domain
Double Negative (VFX Supervisor: Stuart Lashley)
Luma Pictures (VFX Supervisors: Vincent Cirelli & Brendan Seals)
Mammal Studios
Method Studios (VFX Supervisor: Andy Brown)
Rise Visual Effects Studios
Scanline VFX
Storm Studios
Perception NYC

The Production VFX Supervisor is Geoffrey Baumann.

Director: Ryan Coogler
Release Date: 16 February 2018 (USA)

7. Avengers: Age of Ultron

The VFX are made by:
Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor : Ben Snow)
Trixter (VFX Supervisor : Alessandro Cioffi)
Double Negative (VFX Supervisor : Ken McGaugh)
Fuel VFX
Framestore (VFX Supervisors : Nigel Denton-Howes & Rob Duncan)
Cantina Creative
Luma Pictures
Lola VFX
Territory Studio
The Third Floor

The Production VFX Supervisor is Christopher Townsend.

Director: Joss Whedon
Release Date: 1 May 2015 (USA)

8. Captain America: Civil War

The VFX are made by:
Industrial Light & Magic (VFX Supervisor : Russell Earl)
Method Studios
Rise FX
Double Negative
Luma Pictures
Lola VFX
Cantina Creative
Animal Logic
The Third Floor

The Production VFX Supervisor is Dan DeLeeuw

Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
Release Date: 6 May 2016 (USA)

9. Beauty and the Beast (2017)

The VFX are made by:
Digital Domain (VFX Supervisor: Kelly Port)
Framestore (VFX Supervisor: Kyle McCulloch)
Method Studios (VFX Supervisor: David Piombino)
Lola Visual Effects

Director: Bill Condon
Release Date: 17 March 2017 (USA)

10. Iron Man 3

The VFX are made by :
Weta Digital (VFX Supervisors: Guy Williams & Matt Aitken)
Digital Domain (VFX Supervisor: Erik Nash)
Luma Pictures (VFX Supervisor: Vincent Cirelli)
Trixter Film (VFX Supervisor: Alessandro Cioffi)
Scanline VFX (VFX Supervisora: Bryan Grill & Darren Poe)
capital T (VFX Supervisor: Jamie Hallett)
Cinesite (VFX Supervisor: Simon Stanley-Clamp)
Framestore (VFX Supervisor: Mark Bakowski)
Fuel VFX (VFX Supervisors: Paul Butterworth & Simon Maddison)

The Production VFX Supervisor is : Christopher Townsend