I knew ‘The Avengers’ was going to do amazing, but I had no idea it would shatter as many records as it did!
The Marvel Comics superhero film destroyed all previous records with a domestic opening with a $200.3 million debut. That is hands down the biggest opening of all time, flying past the previous record of $169.2 million for last year’s “Harry Potter” finale.
“The Avengers” also brought in $151.5 million overseas, bringing the grand total to $441.5 million.
That raised the film’s worldwide haul to $641.8 million in barely a week and a half, more than its Marvel superhero forerunners “Iron Man,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America” took in during their entire runs.
If distributor Disney’s domestic estimate Sunday holds when the final weekend count is released Monday, “The Avengers” would be the first movie ever to haul in $200 million in a single weekend.
While the number could dip below $200 million come Monday, Disney spent the weekend revising its forecasts upward as business kept growing.
“There aren’t even words, to be honest. I’m running low on double takes. Every time we looked at a number, it just got bigger than what we could have hoped for in the best-case assumption,” said Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution. “With this film, this weekend, anything is possible.”
“The Avengers” started with solid midnight crowds Friday, though nowhere near a record. Then it did $80.5 million for the full day Friday, second only to the “Harry Potter” finale’s $91.1 million first day.
Revenues held up much better than expected with $69.7 million Saturday, and Disney estimated that the film would bring in $50.1 million more on Sunday.
The record weekend was the culmination of years of careful planning by Marvel Studios, which has included teasers for an “Avengers” dream team collaboration in its solo superhero adventures.
Directed by Joss Whedon (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), “The Avengers” features Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
This is further proof that there have been ZERO good movies so far in 2012. We’re all hungry for a good movie! I’ve had free movie passes that I’ve been holding onto since Christmas, because nothing has looked even remotely good since 2011. I think I may actually have found a movie to use them on! Can’t wait to see it!!