Update: Article updated with final box office data
Marvel’s The Avengers continued its hot streak this weekend with a record-setting $103.052M from 4,349 theaters ($373.072M cume), crushing the previous record held by 2009’s “Avatar” ($75.6M) for a film’s second weekend. It was down just 50% from last weekend’s record-breaking $207.4M opening. Other domestic records broken include fastest movie to $350M (10 days) / $300M (9 days) / $250M (6 days) / $200M (3 days) / $150M (2 days) / $100M (2 days).
The Avengers grossed $29.224M on Friday, gained 46.8% on Saturday to $42.906M and dipped 27.9% on Sunday to $30.923M.
Just as impressively, and perhaps more importantly, The Avengers joined the $1B club this weekend with another $94.0M from foreign markets to push its 19-day worldwide cume to an incredible $1,000,371,647 [#12 all-time] ($373.072M domestic [#18 all-time] / $627.3M foreign [#16 all-time], putting itself just below “The Dark Knight” ($1,001.9M) which it’ll pass Monday for #11 all-time worldwide. The Avengers is now a lock to blow past #3 “The Dark Knight” ($533.345M) on the all-time domestic chart and could certainly end up higher. ‘Avengers’ is the 12th film to gross $1B worldwide (and the eighth to do it in the last four years).
Meanwhile, Warner Brothers’ Dark Shadows, from director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp, debuted below expectations with $29.685M from 3,755 theaters. Although it opened $1M stronger than early Sunday projections, this is not a good start for the very expensive ($150M budget) horror comedy. Hard to understand why anyone thought producing this type of film on that type of budget was anything but a bad idea.
Rounding out the top five were Think Like a Man in third place with $5.816M ($81.433M cume), The Hunger Games in fourth place with $4.505M ($387.007M cume) and The Lucky One in fifth place with $4.108M ($53.788M cume).
Source: Box Office Mojo