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The Avengers Shatters Box Office Records

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Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s steel, the Hulk’s smash, Captain America’s patriotism and Black Widow’s cleavage combined for quite a wallop over the weekend as The Avengers opened to $200.3 million at the domestic box office over the weekend, according to BoxOffice.com. That blows past the $169.2 record held by last year’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, and sets a whole new benchmark for what defines a blockbuster.

A $200 million opening!

The excellent comic book adaptation, directed by Joss Whedon and riding hiding on stellar reviews (94% at Rotten Tomatoes) and amazing word of mouth (an A+ Cinemascore rating) earned $80.5 million on Friday, including $18.7 million in midnight shows, another $69.7 million on Saturday and an estimated $50.1 million on Friday. Could that extra few bucks be an exaggeration to get The Avengers past the $200 million box office weekend mark? Sure, but it doesn’t really matter. With $441 million already earned overseas from a week of distribution, The Avengers is setting pretty at $641.8 million worldwide, which is more than the lifetime totals for Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Iron Man 2 and the two Hulk movies.

Incredible.

The numbers were helped by 3D viewings – 52% of tickets sold, according to a Yahoo! article, were for 3D showings.

So… what does this mean for The Dark Knight Rises? Will the Batman movie, a sequel to one of the most praised action movies of all and being promoted as the conclusion to the saga, be able to beat this staggering number?

By Erik Samdahl
Related categories: Action Movies, Box Office, Comic Book Movies, Science Fiction Movies
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