Three weeks later, and no one has been able to sink Marvel’s “The Avengers” yet. The combined might of Joss Whedon’s superheroes once again led the box office for the third straight week, adding another $55 million to its already overflowing coffers of bucks, accolades, and box office records.
“The Avengers” easily withstood three major studio challenger this week, rebuffing Universal’s big-budget sci-fi guns “Battleship”, which took $25.3 million in its debut. That was good enough for second place, but nowhere good enough to dethrone “The Avengers”. At least the Peter Berg film did better than “The Dictator”. The scripted Sacha Baron Cohen comedy opened in third place with $17.4 million. The ensemble romcom “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” came in fifth place with a meek $10.5 million, less than last week’s #2 “Dark Shadows”, which fell to fourth place with $12.7 million in its second week. The quadrillionth Johnny Depp-Tim Burton team-up has made $50 million so far, and $87 million worldwide. Saddled with a $150 million production budget, it looks like “Dark Shadows” will become the duo’s first major misfire.
Don’t cry too much for “Battleship”, though. Despite a tepid reception at home, the CGI-heavy film has already earned $240 million worldwide, once again proving that as long as you have loud explosions, state-of-the-art special effects, and the will to blow shit up on a grand scale, the world will pay to see it. It might not become a hit on the scale of the “Transformers” movies, but it should do well enough to pave the way for Berg’s “Lone Survivor” movie, and honestly, that’s the best part about the whole movie.
But back to the record-setting “Avengers”. In just three weeks of release, the film has now made $457 million domestically (making it the top film of 2012, easily surpassing “The Hunger Games'” $391 million) and $1.180 billion worldwide. That puts it #4 on the list of All-Time Box Office, just behind the final installment of the “Harry Potter” franchise. As expected, the film has been hopping the other films on the All-Time List with regularly since week two.
It’s very possible that “The Avengers” will eventually surpass “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ in the coming weeks, but it seems highly unlikely it will come close enough to giving James Cameron’s “Titanic” and “Avatar” a run for their money anytime soon. Unless, of course, Marvel decides to re-release the film a few years from now, but even then, the prospect of overcoming either of the Cameron films seem dubious.
Via : BoxOfficeMojo