With a slightly lower than expected Thursday midnight take, it looked like The Avengers would definitely end up taking the weekend box office, but some doubted it would be able to overtake Harry Potter and the Deadly Hallows part 2 as the biggest opening domestic weekend ever. But once the Thursday night, Friday and Saturday numbers were tallied, The Avengers smashed Harry Potter, bringing in a little over $200 million in its first weekend.
That’s $30 million more than Death Hallows 2’s opening weekend. It also makes The Avengers the fastest movie to reach $200 million and it’s made over $650 million internationally since its worldwide release 12 days ago.
The press release from Disney:
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.
In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.
Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.
International box office highlights include:
-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
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