There 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.