The Avengers Easily Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Eva Green in Dark Shadows (2012) Movie Character PosterIn just two weeks (and change) of release, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” is poised to bust into the prestigious Top 10 in box office earnings. Did I say “bust?” I meant bash their heads in and wallow in their sorrows.

This week, the film entered the $1 billion mark in worldwide box office with $1.02 billion. That currently puts it at #11, just behind Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”, which capped off at $1.024 billion in worldwide earnings, and should be easy prey to the superhero team-up within a few days.

Speaking of which, Tim Burton’s latest collaboration with Johnny Depp, the big-screen adaptation of “Dark Shadows” failed to dethrone “The Avengers” at the top of the box office heap. In its first week of release, the horror-comedy made an estimated $28 million, good enough for second place, but well below expectations. Then again, considering the film’s horrific reviews (from the few outlets the studio decided to screen the film for, anyway), maybe its box office was in line with industry expectations after all.

Marvel/Disney’s superhero team-up, though, remained at #1 with more than $100 million in its second week. That’s the first time a film has earned more than $100 million in its second week, easily besting “Avatar’s” second-week take of $75 million. It’s official: “The Avengers” is a juggernaut.

Chances of “The Avengers” moving even further up the All-Time Box Office list is very good, needing only $200 million more to hop from its current #11 spot to #4. Once it does that (that seems a formality at this point, as the film still has plenty of steam left in it), it’ll be looking up at “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ at #3, and James Cameron’s “Titanic” and “Avatar”, both of which are well past the miracle $2 billion mark, and would seem untouchable for a long, long time yet, even without factoring in inflation.

So where will “The Avengers” eventually end up? #4 looks like a likely spot, though #3 is entirely within reach. But regardless of where it eventually ends up, I think it’s safe to say that the experiment was a bona fide success. Marvel did what no one else thought could be done, and has been well-rewarded for it. See, Hollywood, who says you have to keep making the same old crap over and over again? Learn from Marvel.

Chris Hemsworth and Cobie Smulders in The Avengers (2012) Movie Image

Via : Box Office Mojo



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  • TotesMagotes

    Someone help me out here. I’ve seen The Avengers twice now, and I could’ve sworn that they said Loki’s staff was powered by the Tesseract. But Loki was given the staff before he stole the cube from the SHIELD facility, so how does that work? Am I wrong? Is it something else powering his staff?

    • Wolfdaddy21

      I may be wrong but i was probably a conduit for the tesseract

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Yes I beleive it’s something along those lines. It is a mystical conduit for the power the same way the Hydra weapons were a technological conduit for the power. There is also talk that the gem was one of the Infinity Gems (the Mind Gem to be precise).

        • Juggernaut

          The power derived from the staff could be explained as a conduit of the power as you have already said similar to what HYDRA and SHIELD did. Although, that would mean that the Chitauri, “The Other” or the character from the post credits scene (I know who he is, just trying to be spolier free.) would had to have possessed the tesseract at one point in time to have create the staff. The movie never explains its origins so this is all speculation of course. I’ve heard the rumor of the Infinity gem being the power source as well however the sound and effect of the weapon are extremely similar to that of Tony’s Arc Reactor powered repulsors, HYDRA’s weapons and the SHIELD phase 2 prototype.

          Oh, by the way DED, I found the perfect Black Panther! His name is Matt Ward (Charlie St. Cloud, Tron:Legeacy, AVP: Requium, Red Riding Hood)

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Indeed it did. Also good choice for a younger T’Challa but I still like Mackie too.

          • Juggernaut

            He’s a dead ringer, has the acting ability and is the right age range. He even resembles my choice for T’Chaka, Dennis Haysbert!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Yeah definitely! I could see that

          • TotesMagotes

            It would make sense that Thanos equipped the staff with the blue infinity gem (the mind one) because Loki pointed the staff at their chest when he brainwashed people. But it doesn’t make sense that the energy he shot was very similar to the cube’s energy. Cap even says “it works awfully like a Hydra weapon.”

  • Juggernaut

    I have a few continuity questions also.
    First question: In Ironman is the explosion cause by the overloaded arc reactor at Stark Industries the same as the fallout caused at the SHIELD headquarters by Loki’s entrance in the beginning of The Avengers? If so, is it possible that Stane/Iron Monger was displaced in space or time much like Loki at the end of Thor?
    Second question: Where is Blonsky/Abomination during The Avengers? He is refferenced in the Marvel One Shot: The Consultant but never mentioned again. He wasn’t reverted back to his human form at the end of TIH. How could Gen. Ross and the U.S. military contain him? The SHIELD Anti-Hulk cell presumably wasn’t created yet. Did they return to Dr. Sterns’ lab, retrieve the antidote and inject Blonsky with it?
    Third question: At the end of Thor Loki falls into hole to oblivion that was created below the Bifrost. That hole was created by the power of the Bifrost being fully opened to destroy Jotenheim and The Frost Giants who inhabit it. Does that mean that the Bifrost or the mechanism that teleports the Asgardians was created using the cube?

  • Juggernaut

    One more question, did Schmidt/Red Skull experience the same teleportal displacement as Loki and possibly Stane at the end of CATFA or did the sheer power of the cube kill him?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Okay here goes:
      Question 1: No I don’t think so. I think though the energy is similar the Arc reactor tech does not put out the same kind of energy, just alot of it, hence them using it to power the machine that opened the big portal at the last act of Avengers. Stane is dead, his body was still in the armor when it fell.
      Q2: In the one shot they mentioned they have him yes. But between the fact that he had his chest basically crushed by Hulk and the fact that there is a Hulkproof chamber on the Helicarrier I doubt they only made the one.
      Q3: Again no, I think with the Odin’s treasure vault being what it was, the Bifrost is a completely different thing. It does however operate on the same level kind of like a lighter and a blowtorch. The both produce fire but they are not the same. The Bifrost may have been created using knowledge from previous use of the cube, or to try and duplicate the cube’s ability to open portals. Loki was probably floating in limbo and was plucked out by you know who after his failure in Asgard and that put him on the radar to be used as a pawn in Avengers.
      Q4: I think Schmidt actually did experience that same displacement, but because he was mortal it was more painful (and because we had no understanding of it most would’ve written him off as dead).
      I wouldn’t be surprised to see him resurface as the head of an all new Hydra powered by even ore modern weapons powered by cube energy.

      • Juggernaut

        Hmmm… that all makes total sense. Here’s another one. While The Avengers was awesome there weren’t very many easter eggs that I caught ( I saw it three times). Did anyone catch any? One that may be an easter egg were the scientists aiding Loki in the hallowed museum. Were those people supposed to be members of AIM?

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          You know I’m not sure. I have to see it again.

          • TotesMagotes

            Just watch The Avengers again, and fury actually says the staff is powered by the cube.

        • TotesMagotes

          And when the brainwashed SHIELD people were helping Loki build the device to open the portal, selvig asked where he found all these people, and hawkeye replied with “SHIELD isn’t short of enemies,” so that sort’ve foreshadows AIM in future movies.

          • Juggernaut

            Yeah, I heard that too. That was what I was thinking. Having their lab coats emblazoned with the letters “A”, “I”, “M” would be a bit of beating you over the head with it I suppose. More of a subtle nod similar to the comment that Selvig made in THOR about contacting his colleague (Hank Pym) who had dealing with SHIELD in the past.