So, you might have heard—The Avengers did pretty well at the box office this weekend.
If by “pretty well” you mean it shattered the record for best three-day weekend (previously held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2) with its $200.3 million haul ($18.7 million of which came from midnight showings alone). Add that to the $441.5 million it’s earned internationally since it came out just over a week-and-a-half ago, and the superhero extravaganza has racked up $641.8 million in just 12 days. All very good news for distributor Disney, which definitely needed a post-John Carter morale boost.
Coming in at number two (wait, there were other movies out?) was last weekend’s champ Think Like a Man; its $8 million weekend gross brings its total so far to $73 million. The Hunger Games (weekend gross $5.7 million, total gross $380.7 million) and The Lucky One (weekend gross $5.5 million, total gross $47.9 million) held steady at spots three and four, respectively, while The Pirates! Band of Misfits (weekend gross $5.4 million, total gross $18.5 million) slid three spots to number five.
Out in limited release over the weekend were The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ($750,301 in only 27 locations, for an impressive per-theater average of $27,789), First Position ($47,300) and A Little Bit of Heaven ($9,830).
Out in wide release next weekend and definitely still losing to The Avengers (sorry Tim Burton) is Dark Shadows. Limited releases include A Bag of Hammers, The Cup, God Bless America, Girl in Progress, Hick, I Wish, Sleepless Night and Transit. MM