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In the battle of Snow Whites, it looks like “dark and gritty” has won out. In its first week of release, Rupert Sanders’ uber stylized “Snow White and the Huntsman”, the second Snow White film to land in theaters, took $56 million, more than good enough for first place. The fantasy action movie knocked Will Smith’s “Men in Black 3″ down to second place with $29 million, with “The Avengers” taking third, adding another impressive $20 million to its already overflowing coffers.
As expected, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” has taken over the #3 spot on both the all-time domestic box office and the worldwide box office, recently surpassing “The Dark Knight” at home and trumping “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ overseas. That brings “The Avengers” up against James Cameron’s “Avatar”, #1 all-time, and “Titanic”, #2 all-time. Both films are well beyond Marvel film’s reach in terms of worldwide box office, with “Titanic” enjoying a nearly $800 million cushion, while “Avatar” has absolutely nothing to fear, sitting at more than double “Avenger’s” current box office.
Domestically, “The Avengers” is within reach of “Titanic’s” record. The superhero film has only $106 million to go in order to overtake “Titanic” for #2 all-time at the home box office. It could very well do that by the end of June. To be able to boast that you’ve beaten a film by King of the Box Office James Cameron would make for one hell of a press release.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” easily proved to be the strongest of the three Snow White movies that had been in development at the same time, with Relativity’s saccharine “Mirror Mirror” opening earlier to $25 million on its way to a final tally of $160 million worldwide. (The third Snow White movie, “The Order of the Seven”, is currently in limbo.) “Snow White and the Huntsman”, meanwhile, also added $39 million from overseas box office, giving it $95 million worldwide so far in one week of release.
With almost $100 million in earnings already, it looks good for “Huntsman” to overtake “Mirror Mirror”. But unlike the Tarsem Singh movie’s $85 million budget, Sanders’ “Huntsman” is saddled with a very expensive $170 million production budget, which means it has a long way to go before it can be called a hit and launch those sequels the cast and crew have been talking about for months now.
Via : Box Office Mojo