As expected, Marvel’s THE AVENGERS is breaking box office records in its six-superhero opening weekend. Estimated earnings for this weekend edge past the $200 million mark, leaving the previous record of $169.2 million set by HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS Part 2 distant in the rear view mirror.
According to Box Office Mojo, THE AVENGERS also blazed past previous records to reach $100 million, $150 million, and $200 million, and set new records for Saturday earnings ($69.7 million) and Sunday ($50.1 million) grosses.
Opening earlier internationally, THE AVENGERS has amassed a global box office total over $600 million in just twelve days. More details for Disney’s press release today:
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
Marvel’s THE AVENGERS has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.
The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGERS will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s THOR is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit IRON MAN series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.
Marvel’s THE AVENGERS is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.