The Avengers Smashes Records at the Box Office

The summer movie season is officially open us with the first blockbuster of the year, The Avengers, opening to record numbers. And I do mean record numbers as it opened to a massive $200 million for the biggest opening weekend of all time (dethroning Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 which had the previous record of $169 million). The film has already taken in a ridiculously huge $641 million worldwide and should continue to demolish records in the weeks ahead. The movie (which I gave an “A-” to) is ridiculously entertaining and likely to have a lot of repeat filmgoers, so Disney, Paramount and Marvel have to be doing a happy dance…. No other films opened wide against this juggernaut, but the delightfully charming and moving British indie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (which I gave an “A” grade to by the way) did big numbers in limited release with a $27,700 average per theatre. The movie has also made over $70 million internationally showing that senior citizens can pack them in the seats almost as good as Iron Man and his friends… For more on all these numbers and the record-breaking debut of The Avengers, head to Box Office Mojo here. And check ou the new top ten below.

TW LW Title (click to view) Studio Weekend Gross % Change Theater Count / Change Average Total Gross Budget* Week #
1 N Marvel’s The Avengers BV $200,300,000 – 4,349 – $46,057 $200,300,000 $220 1
2 1 Think Like a Man SGem $8,000,000 -54.6% 2,010 -5 $3,980 $73,029,000 $12 3
3 3 The Hunger Games LGF $5,700,000 -47.3% 2,794 -778 $2,040 $380,727,000 $78 7
4 4 The Lucky One WB $5,510,000 -49.0% 3,005 -170 $1,834 $47,917,000 – 3
5 2 The Pirates! Band of Misfits Sony $5,400,000 -51.5% 3,358 – $1,608 $18,563,000 $55 2
6 5 The Five-Year Engagement Uni. $5,100,000 -51.9% 2,941 +5 $1,734 $19,200,000 $30 2
7 7 The Raven Rela. $2,508,000 -65.6% 2,209 +6 $1,135 $12,047,000 $26 2
8 6 Safe (2012) LGF $2,470,000 -68.7% 2,271 +5 $1,088 $12,874,000 – 2
9 8 Chimpanzee BV $2,395,000 -54.2% 1,531 -36 $1,564 $23,012,000 – 3
10 9 The Three Stooges Fox $1,800,000 -65.2% 2,174 -931 $828 $39,637,000 $30 4

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