The Avengers nets biggest opening weekend of all time

Takes $200.3 million at the US box office

The Avengers has blazed a trail through the U.S box office, taking a staggering $200.3 million in its opening weekend to leave previous records crushed into a heap of smouldering rubble.

After saturating the media with promotional material, everybody had anticipated Marvel would end up with a commercial hit on their hands, but the final performance has trumped even the most optimistic of forecasts.

The film beat Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2’s existing record by more than $30 million, which when added to the current international gross, should bring the film’s overall take to around $575 million worldwide.

Needless to say, the higher ticket prices afforded by the film’s 3D format have gone some way to reeling in such an impressive take, but by anybody’s standards, Joss Whedon’s superhero blowout has been an immense success.

After setting up their movie with countless origin stories across a number of years, Marvel have certainly played the long game with The Avengers, but even the most starry-eyed executive couldn’t have hoped for such a payoff. Now, about that sequel…

Have you seen The Avengers yet, and if not, why not? Share your thoughts, below...

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    • Mattsimus

      May 7th 2012, 8:16

      So glad to see this movie doing well!..............They've been patient and nurtured the characters over the last four+ years and they deserve the success! BUT STILL HAVNT SEEN IT YET AAAHHHH XMX

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    • piffle

      May 7th 2012, 8:34

      "countless origin stories"? Bit of hyperbole there I feel.

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    • MikeyRix

      May 7th 2012, 8:55

      @piffle Not if you go before the 2000s!

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    • thedanieljson

      May 7th 2012, 10:24

      It's well earned money I feel. Fantastic movie, so nice to see it do better than the likes of Avatar (urgh). The film really lived up to it's hype, I wouldn't hesitate to see it a third time!

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    • SiMan

      May 7th 2012, 11:17

      Interesting point about the 3-D tickets. Is this thing taken into account when determining which film is the highest grossing of all time? Do they literally go by highest grossing? - surely it should be on number of ticket sales alone to determine what the biggest film of a year should be?

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    • MoodyMonkey

      May 7th 2012, 14:43

      Wasn't Harry Potter and the Ferngully reboot in 3-D too though? just sayin... Anyway awesome film, fully deserves to beat every record!

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    • marc96

      May 7th 2012, 15:47

      great to see it doing very well, thoroughly enjoyed this film

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    • Ali1748

      May 7th 2012, 16:21

      I think it's safe to say that The Avengers will be the highest grossing movie this year, I love Nolan's Batman franchise but it ain't going to do numbers like that. Also nice to see Joss Whedon finally having some success, Marvel better iron out the contracts to have Joss doing a Hulk movie and the inevitable Avengers sequel.

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 7th 2012, 17:09

      That's assuming Joss is interested in either (and I hope he's interested in both!) Bring on Civil War! :¬P

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    • Hadouken76

      May 7th 2012, 22:48

      replace Black Widow with Black Panther. A character thats actually USEFUL in battle..

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    • TheEnigma

      May 8th 2012, 0:43

      @Hadouken76 agreed about Black Panther... btw, how come no one has brought up Captain America's horrible "bright blue" suit..? does it not just stand out way to much.. seemz a lil bit 2 'Mardi Gras' imo.. Thought they did a pretty decent job of the Movie 'overall', although I think that a "Justice League Movie" can potentially superseed this one (4 many reasons, which i'll refrain from going n2 at this time)...

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    • Ali1748

      May 8th 2012, 1:50

      A Justice League movie will never work, Marvel invested millions and risked solo franchises to plant the seeds for The Avengers, Warner Bros who own most of the DC characters will simply go for the cheap option of rushing straight into a movie with a cast full of unknowns. They already tried to do it with George Miller at the helm.

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    • FBMBurgess

      May 8th 2012, 20:31

      @TheEnigma "how come no one has brought up Captain America's horrible "bright blue" suit" - doesn't matter, because sometimes people need 'a little old fashioned' ;¬)

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    • trist808

      May 9th 2012, 9:47

      @Hadouken76 ... so your hate/hate relationship with Black Widow/Scarlett Johansson continues eh? (lol) When you see the film you'll see how useful she is, she's great in Avengers Assemble :)

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    • trist808

      May 9th 2012, 9:48

      and Captain America has always had one of the more colourful costumes in the Marvel Universe. I like the redesign and it looked great on the big screen alongside his team-mates outfits, proper superhero-ing stuff :)

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