'Avengers' swamps competition with $55.6M weekend

Associated Press Modified: May 21, 2012 at 4:49 pm •  Published: May 21, 2012
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Avengers" torpedoed "Battleship" and Hollywood's other newcomers to remain the No. 1 film for the third-straight weekend with a domestic haul of $55.6 million.

That lifted the film's domestic total to $457.7 million, while its worldwide ticket sales have climbed to nearly $1.2 billion.

"Battleship" opened a distant No. 2 with $25.5 million. Debuting at No. 3 was Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy "The Dictator" with $17.4 million, while the ensemble pregnancy tale "What to Expect When You're Expecting" premiered at No. 5 with $10.5 million.

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 Hollywood.com are:

1. "The Avengers," Disney, $55,644,102, 4,249 locations, $13,096 average, $457,665,517, three weeks.

2. "Battleship," Universal, $25,534,825, 3,690 locations, $6,920 average, $25,534,825, one week.

3. "The Dictator," Paramount, $17,435,092, 3,008 locations, $5,796 average, $24,476,173, one week.

4. "Dark Shadows," Warner Bros., $12,583,338, 3,755 locations, $3,351 average, $50,721,759, two weeks.

5. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," Lionsgate, $10,547,068, 3,021 locations, $3,491 average, $10,547,068, one week.

6. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," Fox Searchlight, $3,230,584, 354 locations, $9,126 average, $8,228,025, three weeks.

7. "The Hunger Games," Lionsgate, $2,950,331, 2,064 locations, $1,429 average, $391,581,441, nine weeks.

8. "Think Like a Man," Sony Screen Gems, $2,650,549, 1,722 locations, $1,539 average, $85,838,460, five weeks.

9. "The Lucky One," Warner Bros., $1,778,453, 2,005 locations, $887 average, $56,934,628, five weeks.

10. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," Sony, $1,578,632, 1,840 locations, $858 average, $25,490,136, four weeks.

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