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The Avengers carries box office for third consecutive weekend with $55.6M + Enters into top 5 all-time domestic

The Avengers had no trouble taking care of business again this weekend, grossing $55.644M from 4,249 theaters (-100) to bring its domestic gross to $457.666M reaching the $450M mark in a record 17 days (the previous record holder was “The Dark Knight” which did it in 27 days). Next up will be fastest to $500M which is currently held by “Avatar” at 32 days. Overseas grosses tallied an estimated $54.6M over the weekend bringing the film’s foreign cume to $723.3M through Sunday, May 20 and its worldwide cume to $1.181B.

The Avengers added another $5.688M on Monday to bring its domestic cume to $463.353M which puts it at #5 on the all-time domestic box office chart (not adjusted for inflation) above “Star Wars” ($460.998M).

The three new releases this weekend all disappointed to varying degrees. Battleship couldn’t match its strong overseas performance as it opened to just $25.535M from 3,690 theaters. Foreign grosses have already reached $215.3M, so the $209M-budgeted blockbuster is at a much better $240.835M worldwide. Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator failed to match his previous outings with $17.435M from 3,008 theaters. That was a signficantly weaker opening than both 2006’s ‘Borat’ ($26.456M) and 2009’s “Bruno” ($30.619M).

Lastly, What to Expect When You’re Expecting could only manage $10.547M from 3,021 theaters for fifth place. Dark Shadows rounded out the top five in fourth place with $12.583M from 3,755 theaters ($50.722M cume).

Source: Box Office Mojo