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'Avengers' Shatters Box Office Record With Biggest Opening of All Time

May 07, 2012 01:36:45 GMT

Bagging $207.4 million, the Earth's Mightiest Heroes film becomes the biggest opening in the history of summer movie release in the United States.


Jeremy Renner, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth
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Assembling six heroes in a movie, "The Avengers" proves its mightiness by shattering North American box office record on its opening weekend. The mega-budgeted Earth's Mightiest Heroes film opens to a massive $207.4 million domestically.

The walloping result for the Joss Whedon-directed movie becomes the biggest opening of all time in North America and kicks off this year's summer movie season in high style. The Walt Disney Pictures film also dethrones "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II" which opened to $169.2 million and became the biggest summer flick in 2011.

The Marvel superhero ensemble movie becomes the first movie in history to surpass $200 million in only three days after being released in theaters across the United States. It additionally scores the largest Saturday gross of all time by picking up $69.7 million.

Overseas, "Avengers" has successfully collected a tremendous $641.8 million in only 12 days, surpassing the lifetime totals of "Captain America: The First Avenger" ($364 million), "Thor" ($449 million), "Iron Man" ($585 million), and "Iron Man 2" ($624 million).

Of the PG13 movie, which earns a glowing "A+" CinemaScore, Walt Disney executive vice president of distribution David Hollis said, "It's been a fantastic weekend on every single front." The film attracts to 50% moviegoers under the age of 25 and 50% over. Males represent 60% of the ticket buyers.

"Avengers" victory aside, this week's runner-up position in box office is secured by last week's champion "Think Like a Man" which takes in $8.1 million for a total cume of $73 million. Former victor, "The Hunger Games", stays on the third place with $5.5 million for a total domestic gross of $380.7 million.

*Landing on the fourth place is romantic drama "The Lucky One" which adds $5.3 million for a total domestic cume of $47.9 million. One-stop motion picture "The Pirates! Band of Misfits", meanwhile, rounds up the top five by collecting $5.5 million in its second week.

Top Ten Movies at Box Office for May 4-6:

  1. "The Avengers" - $207.4 million
  2. "Think Like a Man" - $8.1 million
  3. "The Hunger Games" - $5.5 million
  4. *"The Pirates! Band of Misfits" - $5.5 million
  5. *"The Lucky One" - $5.3 million
  6. "The Five-Year Engagement" - $5 million
  7. "Safe" - $2.6 million
  8. "The Raven" - $2.6 million
  9. "Chimpanzee" - $2.4 million
  10. "The Three Stooges" - $1.8 million
*UPDATE (May 8, 2012 2:00 A.M. GMT): When the final figures came out on Monday, May 7, "The Lucky One" dropped another slot to the fifth. Hence, it swapped place with "The Pirates! Band of Misfits", which now secured the fourth position on the hart.

© AceShowbiz.com




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