Weekend Box Offfice: ‘The Avengers’ Smashes Records, Earning $200 Million Debut

By BallerStatus News Staff   /   Published 05/07/12

The Avengers 2012By now, you've already heard, either from friends or news reports, the Hulk -- alongside Iron Man and the rest of "The Avengers" -- smashed this weekend's box office, doing numbers so big, it broke records.

The superhero blockbuster by Marvel earned a $200.3 million debut, smashing the domestic revenue record, previous held by 2011's "Harry Potter" finale with $169.2 million.

Overseas, "The Avengers" added $151.5 million overseas over the weekend to bring its total to $441.5 million. Overall, the film's worldwide haul is $641.8 million in barely a week and a half, more than its Marvel superhero forerunners "Iron Man," "Iron Man 2," "Thor" and "Captain America" took in during their entire runs.

The film started with midnight crowds Friday (May 4), earning $80.5 million in its very first day. That number is second only to the "Harry Potter" finale's $91.1 million first day last year.

Overall domestic revenues were at $248 million, climbing 49% compared to the same weekend last year, when "Thor" opened with $65.7 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com. "The Avengers" accounted for four-fifths of the weekend's domestic receipts, said reports.

"The Avengers" is just the beginning of a potentially record-shattering summer line-up, which includes anticipated superhero tales, "The Amazing Spider-Man" on July 3; and "The Dark Knight Rises", which wraps up the current Batman series, on July 20.

Other upcoming summer blockbusters include "Men in Black 3," "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," "Battleship," "Total Recall" and "Prometheus," as well as director Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi territory of his horror hit "Alien."

In addition to Avengers, last weekend's #1 film, "Think Like A Man", fell to #2 with $8 million; "The Hunger Games" came in at #3 with $5.7 million; "The Lucky One" held at #4 with $5.5 million; and "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" closes out the top 5 with $5.4 million.

That's a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the Johnny Depp vampire flick "Dark Shadows."

This weekend's top 10 is as follows:

1. "The Avengers," $200.3 million
2. "Think Like a Man," $8 million.
3. "The Hunger Games," $5.7 million.
4. "The Lucky One," $5.5 million.
5. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," $5.4 million.
6. "The Five-Year Engagement," $5.1 million.
7. "The Raven," $2.5 million.
8. "Safe," $2.47 million ($2.2 million international).
9. "Chimpanzee," $2.4 million.
10. "The Three Stooges," $1.8 million.

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