Move aside Katniss, take a seat Batman (for now), “The Avengers” just staked its claim at theatres with the highest all-time opening weekend and the best superhero midnight debut in history.We knew “The Avengers” was going to rock the U.S. box office this weekend, but we didn’t know it was going to blow records else out of the water.
“The Avengers” brought in an astounding $200.3 million this weekend domestically, earning $30 million more than the last instalment of “Harry Potter.” The film’s worldwide total has already broken $641 million—compare this to “The Hunger Games” which has made a total of $617.7 million at week seven.
As for midnight releases, “The Avengers” conquers again. No, it doesn’t take the number one spot for midnight openings; however, it makes the top eight with $18.7 million just beating out “The Dark Knight” (18.5 million).
However, if “The Hunger Games” and “Avengers” performance are any tell-tale sign for how the next few months will go, this may be one of the highest–grossing summers at the box office for movies ever.
Meanwhile, “The Cabin in the Woods” gets knocked off the top 10 during week four and although it doesn’t show, “John Carter” actually picked up steam at theatres this weekend—rising from 34 to number 12 thanks to a surge in theatre counts. Save the film only earned slightly more than $1.3 million; however, last week the film earned only $112,881.
(via BoxOffice Mojo)
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