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Well, this is a rare exception. Usually when the studios estimate how much their movie made over the weekend, it’s for the most part less than they thought, since they are usually just taking Friday and Saturday numbers and extrapolating Sunday’s. Though it’s usually pretty close. Surprisingly so, oftentimes, for what is basically a “guesstimate”.
In the case of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers”, though, the film actually made MORE than estimated — over $7 million buckaroos more, in fact.
With actual Monday numbers now officially in, “The Avengers” cleared $207.4 million, more than the previously estimated $200.3 million from yesterday. Overall, the Marvel superhero movie has now tallied $654.8 million in worldwide box office in less than two weeks of release, with the usually sci-fi-friendly Japan still waiting in the wings.
At this rate, it looks like reaching $1 billion won’t be a surprise for “The Avengers”. The curious part may be where it ends up. Will it eventually lose steam? James Cameron, the box office record holder with $2.7 billion, just kept chugging along. Even after it had topped off at $760 million in the States, the film continued to make money overseas.
Does “The Avengers” have that kind of staying power? We shall see in the coming weeks … and months … and overseas …