This box office report will continue to be updated as numbers become available from the weekend:
Joss Whedon‘s movie, The Avengers, is hurtling towards various box office records, and rightfully so. The movie was the best Marvel movie I’ve ever seen and as the general movie audience is discovering, in the realm of all movies, is generally, an incredibly fun movie.
It was well written with perfectly timed and themed humor and well played roles.
In a word, awesome. (This Marvel fan’s movie review)
Update #3 Monday, May 7th, 2012: Normally most box office estimates are close to what does come out of the tallies for a movie’s performance for a weekend. But like all the other records that The Avengers is breaking, they busted this up a bit too.
Now the official box office report for The Avengers has their opening domestic weekend take at $207.4M, a bit above estimates. Sunday’s movie attendance out-performed industry guesses.
It’s also the top grossing film worldwide, clocking in with just under $655M.
Updated Sunday, 5/6/12; 11 AM:
Walt Disney Studios is reporting that The Avengers will be pulling in an estimated $200.3 million for the weekend. And the cumultive worldwide total will be hitting over $640M in over 12 days.
[AKA: Los vengadores, Мстители, Group Hug, Kostajat, Marvel Avengers Assemble, The Avengers: Los Vengadores breaks records]
The movie hit the $200M mark faster than any other movie has done, domestically. (That is, until ticket prices go even higher somewhere down the road.)
The break down is that
- Friday, the 4th was the 2nd highest single day of all time.
- Saturday pulled in just under $70M and is the highest box office take of all time.
International Box Office Records:
-Мстители Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
-The Avengers: Los Vengadores Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines
The movie has yet to open in Israel and Japan, and Japan has to wait until August 17th. (Oh what did they do to deserve that one? I cannot imagine waiting that long for this mega-hit!) But Japan is also potential big bucks for the franchise. The overseas movie ticket prices in Japan averages out to around $21 a pop!
As of Saturday night, pre-10 p.m., while writing this piece, and after having a record making Friday box office opening with an $80 million net.
Estimates indicate the movie could net a record setting $175M weekend and hurtling towards a sub $600M worldwide net.
The Friday numbers make this the second biggest domestic box office opening… Ever.
AMC’s credit card processing system backed up while they were selling tickets so they couldn’t even service concessions. (Folks, pay cash!!!)
This was good timing for Disney to have taken over distribution of Marvel franchise movies from Paramount. Ziing!
The Avengers is the Marvel comic book super hero team up that first came out in 1963, and the 2012 movie had the iconic characters of Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), The Incredible Hulk (Now played by Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson).
They find themselves facing off against Thor’s brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston) in the movie.