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'Avengers' shoots higher overseas with $185.1M

Associated Press Modified: April 30, 2012 at 5:16 pm •  Published: April 30, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Avengers" isn't playing yet on U.S. movie screens, but the superhero dream team already is a marvel at the worldwide box office.

Final figures from distributor Disney on Monday put the overseas haul for "The Avengers" at $185.1 million since it began opening in 39 markets last week. That's nearly $7 million more than the studio had estimated Sunday.

The overseas results for "The Avengers" overshadowed a fairly quiet weekend at the domestic box office. The ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man" remained the No. 1 draw for the second-straight weekend with $17.6 million, holding off a rush of new movies that did only modest business at U.S. theaters.

Among the revenue highlights for "The Avengers": $25.5 million in Great Britain, $19.8 million in Australia, $16.9 million in Mexico and $13.9 million in France.

Based on the Marvel Comics series, "The Avengers" cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk.

The film opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by are:

1. "Think Like a Man," Sony Screen Gems, $17,604,141, 2,015 locations, $8,737 average, $60,472,199, two weeks.

2. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," Sony, $11,137,734, 3,358 locations, $3,317 average, $11,137,734, one week.

3. "The Hunger Games," Lionsgate, $10,814,271, 3,572 locations, $3,028 average, $372,019,021, six weeks.

4. "The Lucky One," Warner Bros., $10,808,023, 3,175 locations, $3,404 average, $39,409,719, two weeks.

5. "The Five-Year Engagement," Universal, $10,610,060, 2,936 locations, $3,614 average, $10,610,060, one week.

6. "Safe," Lionsgate, $7,892,539, 2,266 locations, $3,483 average, $7,892,539, one week.

7. "The Raven," Relativity Media, $7,289,642, 2,203 locations, $3,309 average, $7,289,642, one week.

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