Box Office: Avengers Makes History

Superhero pic scores biggest opening weekend in history.

Posted: 05/07/2012 08:00 AM EDT
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Disney and Marvel Studios' The Avengers made history this weekend, scoring the biggest opening of any film ever. Period. End of story. The comic hero bonanza earned a record-setting $200.1 million at the box office in its first three days of release, easily beating the previous record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($169.2 million). 


The pic opened one week ago overseas, where its performance foreshadowed the massive take in North America. Avengers has earned a total of $641.8 million worldwide in just twelve days of release. 


The Joss Whedon-directed epic assembles Marvel superhero characters Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner). 


Obviously no other films dared stand up to The Avengers this weekend and it was the only new title at the box office, but Think Like a Man held its own and landed in the #2 spot with another $8 million in ticket sales, for a grand total of $73 million. Hunger Games came in third place with $5.7 mil, bringing its domestic total to $380.7 million.


It's a promising start for the summer movie season, for sure. Though it's not likely anything will take the crown from The Avengers for a while, Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows will try come Friday.


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