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Mania Box Office Report: Avengers beats Potter

The boy who lived, falls

By Robert T. Trate     May 06, 2012
Source: Box Office Mojo

We interrupt Mania’s Box Office Report for the following statements:

Finally, Joss Whedon is going to get the respect he so rightfully deserves. Not from the people who saw their first Joss Whedon project this weekend, no. Nor will it be from all those Buffy, Angel, and Firefly fans (already there). The people that are now going to have to show Joss some respect are the suits. After breaking Harry Potter’s opening weekend record, Hollywood is going to have to give him a little more respect and love. Why? Because Joss did the unthinkable. He tied four franchise movies together and delivered one of the most entertaining Superhero flicks of all time. For that, we here at Mania say thank you Joss. And thank you to Marvel for finding the right director/ screenwriter to pull this together. 

Now, on with the box office report...

“It's been clear for a while that The Avengers would be a box office success, though few people could have foreseen this opening. The superhero team-up got off to an unprecedented $200.3 million start this weekend, which obliterates the previous all-time weekend record set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 last Summer ($169.2 million).

While it fell short of setting a new opening day record (that still belongs to Potter), The Avengers was responsible for new high marks in most other major categories. It was the fastest movie ever to reach $100 million, $150 million, and $200 million, and it set new records for Saturday ($69.7 million) and Sunday ($50.1 million) grosses. It also had the highest per-theater average ever for a nationwide release with $46,057.

Through its first three days, The Avengers has already grossed more than Thor ($181 million), Captain America: The First Avenger ($176.6 million) and The Incredible Hulk ($134.8 million). It's still behind Iron Man and Iron Man 2 ($318.4 million and $312.4 million, respectively), though it should pass those movies next weekend”.- Box Office Mojo

All Time Opening Weekends: 

 
Rank
 
Movie
 
Opening Weekend
 
Theaters
 
Average
 
Total
 
Date
1
 
$200,300,000
4,349
$46,057
$200,300,000
2
 
$169,189,427
4,375
$38,672
$381,011,219
3
 
$158,411,483
4,366
$36,283
$533,345,358
4
 
$152,535,747
4,137
$36,871
$380,727,000
5
 
$151,116,516
4,252
$35,540
$336,530,303
6
 
$142,839,137
4,024
$35,497
$296,623,634
7
 
$138,122,261
4,061
$34,012
$281,287,133
8
 
$135,634,554
4,133
$32,817
$423,315,812
9
 
$128,122,480
4,380
$29,252
$312,433,331
10
 
$125,017,372
4,125
$30,307
$295,983,305


So what’s up next this for this weekend? Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows is The Avenger’s main competition. Look for Dark Shadows to do well but expect it to fall to The Avengers. It is the first movie in a long time to warrant a second viewing in the theater. 

The Dark Shadows Tailer:
 

COMMENTS AND RESPONSES

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invisage 5/6/2012 9:36:51 PM

Well deserved for an awesome movie and director. Come on DC/WB, get your s#%t together! Don't be surprised how well Dark Shadows does though (won't beat out Avengers but have had a lot of people tell me they are seeing it).

raa2001 5/6/2012 9:41:54 PM

Avengers was not only the best superhero movie, but one of the best movies I've seen in a long time. Full of action, effects, great plot, great acting and lots of humor to top it all off.  I hope to see it again sometime soon

vitieddie 5/6/2012 9:52:03 PM

Iron Man remains my top CBM but well done Avengers. Well done Marvel/Disney. As for Joss Whedon, I love your work (esp. Firefly) and CONGRATS!

I feel sad that Warner/DC have lost their openning weekend BO records but hopefully they keep one or two world wide BO totals in the long run. Anyway, Warner/DC should really step up and get their sh_t together as invisage says.

Avengers was a fantastic movie. How fantastic? Well, my niece (who is into Twilight) actually went to see it! So now a CBM sits on top of the pile - that is cool. 

And not that anyone cares, but saw 5 Year Engagement last weekend - it was ok - 3.5/5.

jetpackjesus 5/6/2012 10:00:25 PM

I'm not so sure about the great plot, raa2001, but it definitely had everything else you said.  And more.  The movie was near perfect and it was an absolute blast.  

When I think back on the moive, there were definite problems with the story.  But the beauty of the Avengers is that I just didn't give a damn about those problems.  It does everything so amazingly well that I probably would have loved this movie if they didn't even bother having a story at all.  

Avengers isn't the "best" movie I've ever seen, but it definitely ranks as one of my favorite movies ever.  

Now give me a Hulk movie working from Whedon's vision for the character.

samson 5/6/2012 10:03:41 PM

I saw The Avengers and really, really liked it. But, I have one question I'm hoping someone can answer.

SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER ALERT - SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now for the question; The Hulk tried to kill both Black Widow and Thor. Then, in the final showdown, he takes orders from Captain America, catches Iron Man and just becomes an all around team player. This is transition is never explained. Why did he decide to help? Or, did I miss something?

RobertTrate 5/6/2012 10:26:50 PM

 I saw it has the frst time (in the movie) that it was his choice to release the other guy (the monster). 

vitieddie 5/6/2012 10:45:40 PM

@samson .... (spoilers)

I know he said something about always being angry and I think that means he could control the transformation now and be in control. Also I think that Tony says something in the middle of the movie about controlling the inner demons. So I guess Bruce somehow controls the monster at the end. My friends and I agree that this sub plot is kind of glossed over but anyway the Hulk at the end was the one with the most personality lol.

 

Wiseguy 5/6/2012 11:02:25 PM

vitieddie do you work for WB? I can see rooting for a film but for the studio seems a bit odd to me.

Comic book films have always been (since they became part of the culture) atop or amongst the top money makers.

I think a DC (btw I love DC just love Marvel more) film can wrestle the top spot away. A build up to a JLA film or a World's Finest I think can get most of us fanboys and the general public just as excited. And records are meant to be broken anyway, I just never really thought 200mil was possible opening weekend. But look at this and see how quickly they go down going back about 36 years the longest a record stood was only 4 years on 2 occasions. They go down pretty fast

Title                                                    year          new record in millions

King Kong                                            1976           7
Jaws 2                                                 1978           9.8
Every Which Way But Loose               1978           10
Star Trek TMP                                     1979           11.9
Superman 2                                         1981           14.1
ST Wrath of Khan                                1982           14.3
SW Return of the Jedi                          1983           23
Indiana Jones Temple of Doom            1984           25
Beverly Hills Cop 2                                1987            26
Batman                                                  1989            40
Batman Returns                                    1992           45
Jurasaic Park                                        1993            47
Batman Forever                                    1995            52
JP Lost World                                       1997            72
Harry Potter Sorcerer's Stone                2001            90
Spider-Man                                            2002            114
POTC Dead Man's Chest                       2006            135
Spider-Man 3                                         2007            151
TDK                                                       2008            158
HP Deathly Hallows 2                            2011            169
Avengers                                               2012            200

 

Kaziklu 5/6/2012 11:11:47 PM

The movie is chalked full of nerdy goodness. It was very well done. I even saw it in 3D and I hate 3D movies because I'm left eye dominant and I have to sit at a werid angle and learn to focus where the camera does to avoid eye strain. 

This movie wasn't perfect... and Joss just can't leave well enough alone sometimes... but he did an overall great job. 

Wiseguy 5/6/2012 11:13:48 PM

I'm saving one or two viewings for next weekend, would love it to be the first film to score 100mil on its second weekend too, it would knock off Avatar's record but I can live with that.

One of the records that I find impressive is the gap between #1 and #2, it beat Spidey 3 with a 192mil gap, damn that's not even a tid bit close
 

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