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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 […]

The Avengers reaches $400M domestic in record time; Nearing $1.1B worldwide

Marvel’s The Avengers remained in first place yesterday with $6.208M, crossing the $400M mark ($402.021M) in a record-setting 14 days. The previous record holder for fastest to $400M was 2008’s “The Dark Knight Rises” which reached that mark in 18 days. With only so-so competition this weekend, The Avengers will repeat as box office champion […]

The Avengers breaks 2nd weekend record with $103.1M; Passes $1B worldwide + Dark Shadows opens to $29.7M [Updated]

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 […]

The Avengers now past $800M worldwide in just 16 days of release + Dark Shadows does $550,000 from midnight screenings

As expected, The Avengers added $12.391M on Thursday to close its first week of domestic release — Friday-Thursday — at a record-setting $270.019M. The previous record was set by 2008’s “The Dark Knight” which grossed $238.615M in its first week of release.

The Avengers also continued its impressive run in foreign markets, adding another $15.5M […]

The Avengers passes $250M domestic in record-setting 6 days + Worldwide box office past $775M

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 […]

The Avengers passes $500M foreign; Now past $700M worldwide at $744.1M

The Avengers had yet another strong weekday performance yesterday, grossing $17.7M domestically and $24.3M overseas for $42.0M. That pushes the film’s worldwide box office to $744.115M through just 14 days of release (just five in the US). The current breakdown is $244.015M domestic (5 days) / $500.1M foreign (14 days).

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The Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon writes note thanking fans for their support

The Avengers director/writer Joss Whedon has written a note to fans expressing his thanks for the huge success of the film. Here’s an excerpt:

Well, it’s been quite a weekend. Someday, long from now, I will even have an emotional reaction to it, like a person would. I can’t wait! But before I become blinded by this “emotion” experience, there’s a few things I’d like to say. Well, type.

People have told me that this matters, that my life is about to change. I am sure that is true. And change is good — change is exciting. I think — not to jinx it — that I may finally be recognized at Comiccon. Imagine! Also, with my percentage of “the Avengers” gross, I can afford to buy… [gets call from agent. Weeps manfully. Resumes typing.] …a fine meal. But REALLY fine, with truffles and s#!+. And I can get a studio to finance my dream project, the reboot of “Air Bud” that we all feel is so long overdue. (He could play Jai Alai! Think of the emotional ramifications of JAI ALAI!!!!)

What doesn’t change is anything that matters. What doesn’t change is that I’ve had the smartest, most loyal, most passionate, most articulate group of — I’m not even gonna say fans. I’m going with “peeps” — that any cult oddity such as my bad self could have dreamt of. When almost no one was watching, when people probably should have STOPPED watching, I’ve had three constants: my family and friends, my collaborators (often the same), and y’all. A lot of stories have come out about my “dark years”, and how I’m “unrecognized”… I love these stories, because they make me seem super-important, but I have never felt the darkness (and I’m ALL about my darkness) that they described. Because I have so much. I have people, in my life, on this site, in places I’ve yet to discover, that always made me feel the truth of success: an artist and an audience communicating. Communicating to the point of collaborating. I’ve thought, “maybe I’m over; maybe I’ve said my piece”. But never with fear. Never with rancor. Because of y’all. Because you knew me when. If you think topping a box office record compares with someone telling you your work helped them through a rough time, you’re probably new here. (For the record, and despite my inhuman distance from the joy-joy of it: topping a box office record is super-dope. I’m an alien, not a robot.) So this is me, saying thank you. All of you. You’ve taken as much guff for loving my work as I have for over-writing it, and you deserve, in this our time of streaming into the main, to crow. To glow. To crow and go “I told you so”, to those Joe Blows not in the know. (LAST time I hire Dr. Seuss to punch my posts up. Yeesh!) Point being, you deserve some honor, AND you deserves some FAQs answered. So please welcome my old friend and certainly not-on-my-payroll reporter/flunky, Rutherford D. Actualperson!

Read the complete letter after the jump.

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Marvel’s The Avengers adds $18.9M domestic / $28.4M foreign to cross $700M worldwide in just 13 days

Marvel’s The Avengers added another $18.899M domestic yesterday to reach $226.338M thru just 4 days of domestic release. Adding yesterday’s $28.4M foreign haul and the film has grossed an incredible $475.8M in 13 days of release from foreign box office to bring its worldwide tally past $700M to $702.138M.  Foreign box office alone is […]

The Avengers new domestic weekend box office champion with amazing $207.4M debut; Worldwide total now at $654.8M

Update: The final box office data is in and as noted yesterday, Disney turned out to be conservative on their Sunday projection. The Avengers dipped just 18% on Sunday to $57.067M and ended its opening weekend with an even more impressive record-setting $207.439M. The Avengers launched to $80.814M on Friday (including $18.7M from midnights — a new record for a superhero movie) and declined less than 14% on Saturday to $69.558M. As previously reported, Saturday and Sunday’s numbers are records, while Friday’s opening day is good for 2nd all-time.

Not surprisingly, overseas grosses also turned out to be even stronger than projected yesterday, with the film adding another $157.4M for a new worldwide total of $654.839M ($207.439M domestic / $447.4M foreign).

In just three days of domestic release, The Avengers has already passed the lifetime domestic grosses of The Incredible Hulk ($134.807M), “Captain America: The First Avengers” ($176.655M) and “Thor” ($181.031M). The opening weekend gross is also more than the combined opening weekends of those three movies ($207.439M vs. $186.196M). Other records broken by The Avengers included fastest film to reach $200M (3 days) and highest grossing opening weekend (IMAX), and The Avengers also passed “Iron Man 2” ($623.933M) to become the biggest grossing Marvel film worldwide.

Original article follows below.

Hulk SMASH record!

Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up movie The Avengers crushed expectations to gross an amazing estimated $200.3M in its domestic debut this weekend. Disney says the new record holder opened to $80.517M on Friday from 4,349 theaters (including $18.7M from Thursday midnights at approximately 2,500 theaters–a new record for a superhero movie), edged down just 13.4% on Saturday to an estimated $69.7M (a new record) and Disney is projecting a 28.1% dip on Sunday to $50.1M. That would bring the film’s 3-day opening weekend total to $200.3M.

The previous 3-day record holder was last Summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” ($169.189M). Although the Friday gross was not a record — that’s still held by ‘Deathly Hallows Part 2’ at $91.071M — The Avengers holds new Saturday and Sunday records and it holds those records quite convincingly. The previous Saturday record was $51.337M for 2007’s “Spider-Man” and the previous Sunday record was $43.596M for 2008’s “The Dark Knight”.

Incredibly, Disney’s Sunday projection could be on the conservative side. Based on previous Marvel properties, The Avengers could dip as low as 15 or so percent on Sunday which puts its Sunday gross potential somewhere in the neighborhood of $50-58M. Based on that history, I’d say Marvel’s The Avengers‘ ceiling for the weekend is $205-209M.

Overseas added another $137.5M Fri-Sun for what is now an incredible estimated $441.5M total from foreign box office alone. Add in the current estimated $200.3M domestic from the film’s 3-day opening and The Avengers is already at $641.8M worldwide.

Click over the jump for the box office top 10.

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The Avengers has 2nd best opening day ever with $80.5M Friday

The Avengers didn’t beat the opening day record, but the Joss Whedon-directed superhero movie beat early expectations to gross an incredible estimated $80.517M from 4,349 theaters (2nd all-time behind last Summer’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” – $91.071M).

As reported yesterday, an estimated $18.7M of the opening day gross came from […]

The Avengers crosses $250M internationally

Walt Disney Pictures has announced that Marvel’s The Avengers added another $42.3M internationally yesterday, bringing its overseas total to an impressive $260.5M. The Avengers debuts domestically this Friday and could open in the $150-160M range. Add in additional new market openings in Russia and China, the Joss Whedon-directed project could reach $550M+ worldwide by the […]

The Avengers grosses nearly $180M in overseas debut

The Avengers doesn’t open domestically until this Friday, but the Joss Whedon-directed blockbuster got off to an early huge start overseas, grossing an estimated $178.4 million from 39 markets. The Avengers was first in every market but did the majority of its conventional and 3D business in the United Kingdom ($24.7M), Australia ($19.7M — […]