Box office report for May 14, 2012: "The Avengers" tops $100 million in second weekend
â€śThe Avengersâ€ť continues to smash box office records as quickly and thoroughly as the Hulk smashes Manhattan skyscrapers.
In its second weekend, Marvel Studiosâ€™ super-blockbuster took in $103.2 million to repeat at the top of the domestic charts. Writer-director Joss Whedonâ€™s superhero adventure also raised its domestic total to $373.2 million, according to the Associated Press.
â€śThe Avengersâ€ť became the first movie ever to pull in more than $100 million domestically in its second weekend, far surpassing the previous best of $75.6 million that James Cameronâ€™s record-setting â€śAvatarâ€ť scored in its second weekend back in December 2009.
â€śThe Avengersâ€ť also topped $300 million domestically Saturday after just nine days in release, beating the previous record set by â€śThe Dark Knight,â€ť which hit that mark in 10 days, according to the AP. Revenue for â€śThe Avengersâ€ť was off just 50 percent from the filmâ€™s domestic debut of $207.4 million the previous weekend, which is remarkable considering the massive scope of its opening and the commonality of 65 percent or more drops for many blockbusters.
Hauling in another $95.4 million more overseas in its second weekend, â€śThe Avengersâ€ť lifted its international receipts to $628.9 million for a worldwide haul of just past $1 billion, only 19 days after it began opening in some markets.
Already the yearâ€™s biggest hit worldwide, â€śThe Avengersâ€ť is on the verge of passing â€śThe Hunger Gamesâ€ť at $386.9 million to become the top-grossing film domestically for the year, reports the AP.
Starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Tom Hiddleston as Loki, â€śThe Avengersâ€ť seems to have created a perfect storm of the beloved characters, popular actors and the ideal director. Plus, Marvel has been building up to â€śThe Avengersâ€ť since Downey Jr. first donned the crimson suit and feisty attitude of Tony Stark for 2008â€˛s â€śIron Man,â€ť and that investment obviously is yielding stupendous dividends now.
The vampire tale â€śDark Shadows,â€ť the latest Johnny Depp and Tim Burton collaboration didnâ€™t have much luck competing with the might of â€śThe Avengersâ€ť: â€śDark Shadowsâ€ť had an average opening with $28.8 million, putting at a distant No. 2 on the domestic charts, according to the AP.
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