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Associated Press Modified: May 28, 2012 at 12:01 pm •  Published: May 28, 2012

The weekend's other new wide release, the Warner Bros. fright flick "Chernobyl Diaries," opened far back in the pack at No. 6, with $9.3 million for the four days.

In limited release, Focus Features' first-love comic drama "Moonrise Kingdom" got off to a huge start with $669,486 in four theaters, for a whopping average of $167,371 a cinema. That compares to an average of $16,478 in 4,248 theaters for "Men in Black 3."

Directed by Wes Anderson ("Rushmore," ''Fantastic Mr. Fox"), "Moonrise Kingdom" chronicles the relationship of a troubled boy and girl who run away together in the mid-1960s. The ensemble cast includes Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton and Tilda Swinton.

"The Avengers" has added $781.9 million overseas, giving it a worldwide total of just over $1.3 billion. The film is closing in on the No. 3 earner worldwide, last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" at $1.33 billion," again with only "Avatar" ($2.8 billion) and "Titanic" ($2.2 billion) ahead of it.

Still, many older films such as "Gone with the Wind," ''Star Wars" and "The Sound of Music" sold more tickets than "The Avengers" and other modern blockbusters. Rising admission prices mean today's movies make more money while selling fewer tickets, especially those that earn much of their cash from pricier 3-D shows, such as "The Avengers."

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Monday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Tuesday.

1. "Men in Black 3," $70 million ($133.2 million international).

2. "The Avengers," $46.9 million ($26.3 million international).

3. "Battleship," $13.8 million ($2.9 million international).

4. "The Dictator," $11.8 million ($11.8 million international).

5. "Dark Shadows," $9.4 million ($13.1 million international).

6. "Chernobyl Diaries," $9.3 million.

7. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $8.9 million ($1.5 million international).

8. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $8.2 million ($853,000 international).

9. "The Hunger Games," $2.9 million ($800,000 international).

10. "Think Like a Man," $1.8 million.


Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. "Men in Black 3," $133.2 million.

2. "The Avengers," $26.3 million.

3. "Dark Shadows," $13.1 million.

4. "The Dictator," $11.8 million.

5. "All about My Wife," $4.2 million.

6. "American Reunion," $3.3 million.

7. "Battleship," $2.9 million.

8. "The Lucky One," $2 million.

9. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $1.5 million.

10. "Do-nui Mat," $1.2 million.




Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.