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Prometheus opens to impressive 1st place $21.4M Friday (includes $3.6M from Thursday midnights) + Madagascar 3 strong 2nd place with $20.45M

The Ridley Scott “Alien” prequel Prometheus opened to a very strong $3.56 million from Thursday midnight showings (at 1,368 theaters). That’s a very impressive number, eclipsing both MIB 3 ($1.55M) and last weekend’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” ($1.38M) by more than twofold. Including the Thursday midnights, Prometheus opened Friday to an impressive first place estimated $21.4M […]

Weekend Box Office: Snow White and the Huntsman opens to impressive $56.2M ($95.5M worldwide), MIB 3 leads worldwide, Prometheus has strong overseas opening + The Avengers crosses $550M domestic

Snow White and the Huntsman debuted in first place this weekend with an impressive $56.218M from 3,733 theaters. The $170M-budgeted Rupert Sanders-directed adventure film opened to $20.469M on Friday, increased 2.8% on Saturday to $21.034M and declined 30% on Sunday to $14.715M. ‘Huntsman’ topped last weekend’s “MIB 3″ ($54.593M) to become the year’s fourth best […]

Snow White and the Huntsman has strong start to weekend with $20.3M Friday + The Avengers now 3rd highest grossing film of all time

Universal Pictures’ Snow White and the Huntsman opened to a better than expected first place $20.3M from 3,773 theaters on Friday en route to what should be an impressive $55-60M opening weekend. ‘Huntsman’ easily held off last week’s number 1 MIB 3 which fell to second place with an estimated $8.3M from 4,248 theaters ($91.304M […]

MIB 3 opens with solid first place $55.6M 3-day + $69.3M 4-day Memorial Day weekend + The Avengers tops $500M in record time [Updated]

Updated: Article updated with final box office data.

MIB 3 opened with $55.593M Fri-Sun and added $14.662M on Memorial Day for a 4-day $69.255M from 4,248 theaters. That’s a solid debut for threequel, which opened nearly 10 years after “Men in Black II” debuted to $52.149M July 3, 2002. MIB 3 also topped the […]

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 […]

$29.1M for The Avengers en route to possible $100M weekend + Dark Shadows 2nd with $9.7M Friday

The Avengers beat expectations again with an easy first place estimated $29.124M (est. $299.143M cume) dwarfing the competition including newcomer Dark Shadows. The Tim Burton-directed / Johnny Depp-starring comedy thriller opened to a so-so estimated $9.72M from 3,755 theaters and will probably open somewhere in the neighborhood of $28-30M for the weekend.

The big […]

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 $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).

Source: Box […]

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 […]

Disney confirms development of Avengers 2

Hardly surprisingly news, but Disney CEO Bob Iger confirmed today that the studio is moving forward with a sequel to the worldwide hit The Avengers.

Marvel already has Iron Man 3 (May 3, 2013), Thor 2 (November 15, 2013), Captain America 2 (April 4, 2014) and an Untitled Marvel Project (May 16, 2014) on their […]