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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 takes in $18.7M from Midnights; Headed to $65M+ opening day

Marvel Studios’ The Avengers grossed an estimated $18.7 million from midnight screenings from about 2,500 theaters — both 2D and 3D — across the nation (including $1.3M from IMAX 3D locations). While no where close to being a record (that belongs to “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” at $43.5M), it did top […]

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 — […]

New Photos: Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill in The Avengers

Marvel has released two new photos from Joss Whedon’s The Avengers featuring Cobie Smulders as the character Agent Maria Hill. Click to enlarge, and check out the second photo over the jump.

The Avengers is scheduled to hit conventional, 3D and IMAX theaters on May 4, 2012.

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New trailer for The Avengers

Walt Disney Pictures has released the feature trailer for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Watch the trailer after the jump.

The Avengers is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on May 4, 2012.

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New Photo: The Avengers

Walt Disney Pictures has released a new photo featuring Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers . Click to enlarge.

The Avengers is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on May 4, 2012. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Chris […]

Super Bowl Spots: The Avengers, Battleship & John Carter

Click over the jump to check out the Super Bowl spots for three of this year’s big-budget blockbusters: The Avengers; Battleship and John Carter.

Andrew Stanton’s John Carter is first out of the gate on March 9, followed by Joss Whedon’s The Avengers on May 4 and Peter Berg’s Battleship on May 18.

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5 new photos from The Avengers

Marvel.com has debuted five new photos featuring Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo) in Joss Whedon’s The Avengers. Click over the jump to see the photos in high resolution.

The Avengers is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on May 4, 2012.

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The Avengers teaser trailer

Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures has released the first trailer for Joss Whedon’s The Avengers . Watch the trailer after the jump.

The Avengers is scheduled to hit conventional and 3D theaters on May 4, 2012.

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First theatrical trailer for The Avengers will be released next week

The official Facebook page for The Avengers has confirmed that the first trailer for the Joss Whedon-directed comic book movie will be released on Tuesday.

The Avengers is scheduled to hit theaters on May 4, 2012.