Joss Whedon’s The Avengers became the fastest movie to hit $250M in domestic box office yesterday, adding another $13.613M to bring its 6-day domestic cume to an incredible $257.628M. The previous record-holder for the fastest to $250M was 2008’s “The Dark Knight” which reached that mark in 8 days. The Avengers also holds records for fastest to $100M (2 days); $150M (2 days) and $200M (3 days). And it has already notched the biggest opening week — Friday-Thursday — ever even without numbers from Thursday (“The Dark Knight” held the previous record with $238.615M–The Avengers will be somewhere around $270M by the close of Thursday).
Meanwhile, the Marvel Studios project added another $17.7M from foreign markets to boost its overseas cume to an astonishing $517.8M through just 15 days of total release and $775.428M worldwide.
Although the Summer box office season is officially off the ground and competition will intensify over the coming days and months, Marvel’s The Avengers is expected to continue to perform strongly at both the domestic and foreign box office and will almost assuredly cross $500M domestic with very reasonable shots at reaching $550/$600M. An early look at worldwide box office suggests the film will smash through $1B en route to somewhere in the neighborhood $1.2B+.