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‘The Avengers’ Sets Record for Biggest Opening Weekend Ever: Are You Surprised?

Film 2012/05/06 21:37:10
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We knew “The Avengers” was going to be a huge hit. But the biggest opening weekend of all time? That truly is a feat worthy of “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.”

With a $200.3 million domestic debut, “The Avengers” knocked previous champion “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which brought in $169 million in its opening weekend, from the top spot. “The Dark Knight,” with its $158 million opening, now sits at third and “The Hunger Games,” with its $152 million opening, was pushed to fourth.

The superhero blockbuster is also doing incredibly well overseas. Since opening internationally a week earlier, “The Avengers” has already brought in $441.5 million abroad. That raised the film’s worldwide total to $641.8 million in just a week and a half, already surpassing the global box office totals of its Marvel forerunners “Captain America” ($364 million), “Thor” ($449 million), “Iron Man” ($585 million), and “Iron Man 2” ($624 million).



"There aren't even words, to be honest. I'm running low on double takes. Every time we looked at a number, it just got bigger than what we could have hoped for in the best-case assumption," said Dave Hollis, Disney's head of distribution. "With this film, this weekend, anything is possible."

"The Avengers" was directed by Joss Whedon and stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.

So, what about you SodaHeads? Are you surprised that “The Avengers” set a new record for the biggest box office opening ever?

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  • ✞Knight of Honor 2012/05/07 02:43:56
    No
    ✞Knight of Honor
    +3
    This was one of the best movies I have ever seen! Easily the best movie of the year!
  • Miko Mikomiko 2012/05/07 02:38:58
    No
    Miko Mikomiko
    +3
    awesome movie
  • Harley Squiggles the God \(... 2012/05/07 02:37:18
    No
    Harley Squiggles the God \(#o#)/
    +3
    That movie was too badass to not set a record. I went to see it the first night, in 3D, and I'm still excited! "The Avengers might not be able to save the world, but they'll damn sure avenge it."
  • KittyKat 2012/05/07 02:35:06
    No
    KittyKat
    +5
    AVENGERS!!!! :D
  • Jay Calderone 2012/05/07 02:16:32
    No
    Jay Calderone
    +5
    it was a great movie :D
  • nothingbutthetruth 2012/05/07 01:52:03
    No
    nothingbutthetruth
    +4
    It's a great movie and I guess there is a message in it that capture people mind and soul.
  • R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~ 2012/05/07 01:49:49
    Yes
    R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~
    +6
    I hoped no movie would ever surpass Harry Potter.... :( It was an awesome movie though.
  • thksfrt... R ~In H... 2012/05/07 07:43:57
    thksfrthmmrs
    +1
    OH MY GOD. A HARRY POTTER FAN. I'M LUMPING YOU GUYS WITH THE TWIHARDS JUST SO YOU KNOW.
  • R ~In H... thksfrt... 2012/05/07 21:58:38
    R ~In Harry Potter I Trust~
    Oh please. Am I supposed to care? Harry Potter is NOTHING like Twilight and is about a million times better and always will be so don't compare them. excessive use of caps lock
  • Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfer... 2012/05/07 01:29:52
    Yes
    Astoria Malfoy♥ Bass Redfern ~*In Harry Potter I Trust
    +2
    I guess that's the power of Iron Man.
  • Wolfgirl 2012/05/07 01:24:56
    Yes
    Wolfgirl
    +2
    I was pretty surprised! I know there is a good story and smashing but it's just a superhero movie with them in a group!
  • Juanb 2012/05/07 01:14:26
    No
    Juanb
    +4
    Awesomeness will be awesomeness
  • ehrhornp 2012/05/07 01:05:33
    No
    ehrhornp
    +4
    It has only been hyped for years.
  • Corsair 2012/05/07 00:58:57
    Yes
    Corsair
    +2
    I am actually quite astonished. In comparison to Harry Potter which I'm not a fan of at all, has a massive cult following I would not have expected that. I would've given The Avengers a close second, but $200 million? I am so happy about that. Words can not describe how much I wanted the movie box office to be avenged by destroying The Deathly Hollows Part 2. The Avengers in all their comic books I've read have amazed me yet again.
  • Couri Corsair 2012/05/07 02:48:16
    Couri
    +2
    When you consider that the comics alone have been around for generations, then add that to the old t/v shows, movies, video games, etc. it would surprise me if the avengers didn't have a greater fan base than even harry potter.
  • Stoney Couri 2012/05/07 05:19:40
    Stoney
    +1
    INDEED
  • Corsair Couri 2012/05/07 06:54:29
    Corsair
    Yeah, that's true. But it still feels like they're just starting to build a bigger fan base in comic book heroes after ten years of Potters and five or six years of Twilight. Ugh, of all things, Twilight. At least I'm happy to hear The Avengers destroyed the record held by Harry Potter.
  • Gangstersteve1993 2012/05/07 00:57:55
    No
    Gangstersteve1993
    +5
    It's Marvel what do you expect?
  • savages... Gangste... 2012/05/07 02:22:39
    savagesarge
    +2
    Marvelous stuff
  • Gangste... savages... 2012/05/08 22:44:10
    Gangstersteve1993
    +1
    I do agree :)
  • shinx 2012/05/07 00:52:20
    No
    shinx
    +4
    AMAZING.
  • Arizona1950 2012/05/07 00:45:02
    No
    Arizona1950
    +3
    As in the past when this country goes through a depression (or recession as some still wish to believe) movie attendance goes up. As we look towards fantasy ... in search of a hero and a clear and common enemy to fight. Look at the cartoons of old ... Mighty Mouse, Popeye, Underdog ... to name but a few.

    By the way The Avengers was very good and laugh-out-loud funny. The people clapped as the credits rolled afterwards.
  • Werewol... Arizona... 2012/05/07 05:35:14
    Werewolfgirl1995
    +1
    Yeah they clapped in the theater I went to as well :)
  • Arizona... Werewol... 2012/05/07 12:18:26
    Arizona1950
    +1
    I joined in as well. :-)
  • Werewol... Arizona... 2012/05/07 21:51:13
    Werewolfgirl1995
    +1
    Me too :)
  • Arizona... Werewol... 2012/05/08 02:03:19
    Arizona1950
    +1
    lol ... :-)
  • RICK 2012/05/07 00:44:40
    No
    RICK
    +3
    No.The comic book fans have been waiting for this for awhile now
  • Silent Bob 2012/05/07 00:44:02
    Yes
    Silent Bob
    +1
    Man I wanted The Hunger Games to reign supreme! Oh well!
  • Haley-Hit-An-AllTimeLow.♥ 2012/05/07 00:40:50
    No
    Haley-Hit-An-AllTimeLow.♥
    +1
    I'm not exactly surprised, but I found the movie stupid.
  • Werewol... Haley-H... 2012/05/07 05:35:32
    Werewolfgirl1995
    +2
    *gasps*
  • Haley-H... Werewol... 2012/05/09 01:47:20
    Haley-Hit-An-AllTimeLow.♥
    Haha, yeah, well.
  • Madi 2012/05/07 00:39:20
    Yes
    Madi
    +3
    I can't believe it beat Harry Potter.
  • angel face 2012/05/07 00:37:14
    No
    angel face
    +3
    Definitely not surprised and it turned out to be a magnificent movie. Hilarious and action packed
  • turtledove123 2012/05/07 00:29:41
    No
    turtledove123
    +3
    My son just came from seeing it today. He loved it.
  • The Impossible Girl ✿ 2012/05/07 00:29:19
    No
    The Impossible Girl ✿
    +3
    I knew it was going to be a hit :)
    I NEED to see it NOW!!! o.o
  • painted desert 2012/05/07 00:22:56
    No
    painted desert
    +3
    A lot of it was filmed here in Albuquerque, and we saw a couple of the stars eating lunch one afternoon. I have just seen the trailer, but I want to see the movie.
  • Stoney painted... 2012/05/07 05:22:26
    Stoney
    +2
    By all means do...I'm not normally a big fan of 'smah-bang' movies, but this movie is awesome!
  • painted... Stoney 2012/05/07 05:33:56
    painted desert
    +1
    Thanks for the info. We were just talking about going to the movies this week. Think that will be the one.
  • Stoney painted... 2012/05/07 06:10:43
    Stoney
    +2
    Well.....I certainly hope that you will agree with me....check it out for yourself!....& have a good time! hulk
  • mblack 2012/05/07 00:19:01
    No
    mblack
    +3
    As for superhero movies - Best one yet!!! Good balance of violence and well played bad guys.

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