The Avengers Shatter Box Office Records with $200 Weekend

The Avengers (2012) Movie Character PosterThere was every indication that it would do good business. The type of business that would make even a narcissistic God like Loki proud. Turns out, all the indications were right: in its first week of release Stateside, Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” shattered all box office records on its way to a studio estimated $200 million weekend. Or, as Disney would like you to know in a press release, $200.3 million in just 3 days of release, and an estimated $641.8 million worldwide in just 12 days of release.

That’s, um, a lot.

In fact, it’s so much “lot”, that “The Avengers” easily destroyed the previous box office holder, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″, which had been holding onto the crown with $169 million. “Deathly Hallows Part 2″ would eventually go on to make $1.3 billion worldwide. To put the $200 million further in perspective, James Cameron’s “Avatar” opened with just $137 million in late 2009 on its way to becoming the biggest movie earner of all time. Will “The Avengers” ever reach or surpass “Avatar’s” $2.7 billion worldwide box office? Your guess is as good as mine.

It’s probably fitting, though, that “The Avengers”, a movie featuring Captain America, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man in one movie, has already surpassed the final Stateside tallies for all those superhero’s respective individual movies with the exception of Iron Man’s two films. “Thor” finished with $181 million, “Captain America: The First Avenger” with $176 million, and “The Incredible Hulk” with $134 million. The two “Iron Man” films finished off at $318 million for the first movie and $312 million for the sequel. Needless to say, ol Shellhead should be worried.

“The Avengers”, meanwhile, still has opening dates in Israel, Poland, and Japan on the horizon. Japan, in particular, should prove very lucrative.

Some highlights from the film’s international box office includes:

  • Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever.
  • Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million.
  • Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines.

So what’s next for the Avengers themselves? Marvel already has “Captain America 2″ scheduled for April 4, 2014, but you’ll get “Thor 2″ a year before that on November 15, 2013. “Iron Man 3″, meanwhile, will arrive next Summer on May 3, 2013.

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    Is anyone the slightest bit surprised by this?

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  • kraven

    holy crap! did that ever rock. I felt like a 13 year old kid opening a 500 foot comic book with 500 pages. smash Hulk smash!

  • Destruct26

    Based on one-two weeks in the domestic/foreign market, (yes, I’m counting the one week pre release overseas) it reached $803 million worldwide. Using a safe ballpark percentage cut of -40% per week in total figures, I calculated how much it COULD make for the next 7 weeks before it is compromised by figures from The Dark Knight Rises.
    Here is the list:
    Week 1: 803,000
    Week 2: 482,000
    Week 3: 290,000
    Week 4: 174,000
    Week 5: 105,000
    Week 6: 63,000
    Week 7: 38,000
    Week 8: 23,000
    That is beyond impressive. I guess as weeks go by, everyone will have a clearer view on just how much it will clear by the end of it’s run. I really hope it surpasses Avatar- not because I don’t like Avatar, but because I’m a fan of Whedon, Nolan and want these comic book movies to be widely recognized for the masterpieces that they are.