Weekend Box Office: ‘The Avengers’ Breaks $1 Billion Worldwide, Beats Dep’s ‘Dark Shadows’

Black Widow and Hulk from Avengers

Black Widow and Hulk from AvengersHulk and “The Avengers” continued to smash in its second weekend at theaters, easily beating out Johnny Dep’s new “Dark Shadows” film and surpassed the $1 billion mark worldwide.

The superhero blockbuster took in $103.2 million to lead weekend box office for a second-straight weekend, raising its domestic total to $373.2 million. It also added $95.4 million more overseas, lifting international receipts to $628.9 million … and a worldwide haul of just over $1 billion, just 19 days after it began rolling out in some markets.

“You never think that it can happen this quickly,” said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. “You hope you can get to this day, and the fact that it is happening this early is a testament to a lot of work that went in on the Marvel side over the last six years to get us to a place where people wanted to see the Avengers assemble.”

According to the Associated Press, “The Avengers” was the first movie ever to pull in more than $100 million domestically in its second weekend, passing the previous best of $75.6 million for “Avatar.” The film also topped $300 million domestically Saturday after just nine days in release, beating the previous record set by “The Dark Knight,” which hit that mark in 10 days.

With its huge weekend, “The Avengers” easily fended off Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire flick “Dark Shadows,” which started off with an ok $28.8 million to finish a distant #2.

Previous Depp-Burton collaborations debuted a lot better. “Alice in Wonderland” opened with $116.1 million, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” debuted with $56.2 million.

Inspired by the supernatural soap opera that debuted on TV in the mid-1960s, “Dark Shadows” stars Depp as an 18th century vampire who is freed after two centuries of burial and returns to his ancestral homestead in the 1970s, aiming to rebuild the family fortunes.

“Thinkg Like A Man” fell to #3 this week, earning $6.3 million; at #4 is “The Hunger Games” with $4.4 million; and “The Lucky One” closes out the top 5 with $4 million.

Fox Searchlight’s crowd-pleaser “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” broke into the top-10 in its second weekend as it expanded from a handful of cinemas to 178 theaters. The film took in $2.7 million to finish at #8.

And lastly, in narrower release of 322 theaters, Eva Mendes’ comic drama “Girl in Progress”, opened at #10 with $1.4 million. The Lionsgate release stars Mendes as a nomadic single mom with a precocious teenage daughter.

That’s a wrap for this weekend. This upcoming week, look out for the release of the anticipated “Battleship” action flick, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy “The Dictator,” and the Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy “What To Expect When You’re Expecting.”

This weekend’s top 10 is as follows:

1. “The Avengers,” $103.2 million.
2. “Dark Shadows,” $28.8 million.
3. “Think Like a Man,” $6.3 million.
4. “The Hunger Games,” $4.4 million.
5. “The Lucky One,” $4.1 million.
6. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” $3.2 million.
7. “The Five-Year Engagement,” $3.1 million.
8. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $2.7 million.
9. “Chimpanzee,” $1.6 million.
10. “Girl in Progress,” $1.4 million.

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