Oh boy! I think we all knew The Avengers was going to make a lot of money, but I'm not sure that anyone could have predicted THIS much. Weekend estimates now put it over the $200 million mark and depending on exactly where Sunday numbers total could be up to $207 million. This means The Avengers has now taken the top slot as the top grossing film for an opening weekend as it replaced Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part II by more than $30 million (which had held the top slot since July 2011). This now brings The Avengers total to $642 million worldwide, and it is just getting started.
When looking at these numbers it has to be taken in to account that this movie also had 52% of its sales in the higher priced 3D tickets, but with such a steep differential between the previous record and The Avengers' take, this movie would probably still would have beaten Harry Potter…badly. Holdover, Think Like Man managed to stay in second place but dropped 54%, down to $8 million. And The Hunger Games moved back up to number 3 as audiences got in the mood for some summer action. This was a great sign for many studios as The Avengers kicks off the Summer Film series as they hope people will continue to come out in droves and go to the movies again. I think the biggest question now, is will The Dark Knight Rises (the sequel to the current third place holder The Dark Knight) beat even more than $200 million?
|1. The Avengers|
$200 million / New / $642m Total Worldwide
Critical and cult darling Joss Whedon proves that he can open a mainstream movie with Hulk-like numbers at the box office. Not only that, he can make a super-hero movie funny and really really good. Ahh, I just want to see it again!
|2. Think Like A Man|
$8 million / $73m Total Domestic
Didn't even come close to The Avengers, but still holding on to the top slot of "all of the rest of the movies" in theaters this weekend.
|3. The Hunger Games|
$5.7 million / $381m Total Domestic / $618m Total Worldwide
The Avengers has already made more money worldwide than The Hunger Games, which leaves me kind of speechless.
|4. The Lucky One|
$5.5 million / $48m Total Domestic / $66m Total Worldwide
Still hanging in and I'm not sure if it's Nicholas Sparks, Zac Efron, or the sunshine in the poster attracting people.
|5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits|
$5.4 million / $18.6m Total Domestic / $89m Total Worldwide
Dropped down to number 5 from the number 2 slot this weekend - but, I think this once again has to do with, yup, you guessed it, The Avengers. The Pirates! had a big audience of families and I suspect many of them went to see the also kid friendly superhero filled movie. It also has made 79% of it's money outside of the U.S. and is bringing in quite a bit of treasure worldwide.
|6. The Five-Year Engagement|
$5.1 million / $19.2m Total Domestic / $21.5 Total Worldwide
Only down one slot to number six, but dropped 50% in its box office. This love affair is not lasting very long.
|7. The Raven|
$2.5 million / $12m Total Domestic / $15.6 Total Worldwide
Dropped 66% in ticket sales. Maybe if this had come out around Halloween it would have helped scare up a bigger audience?
$2.5 million / $12.9m Total Domestic
Similar to The Raven, it dropped almost 70% from its opening weekend. However, I don't think a Jason Statham movie will have trouble making up a lot of money on the DVD. Perhaps they should go ahead and release that already…now.
$2.4 million / $23m Total Domestic
Has stayed in the top 10 for 3 weeks, and it ranks 7th for all documentaries. Pretty impressive little chimp, pretty impressive.
|10. The Three Stooges|
$1.8 million / $39.6m Total Domestic
Ranks 47th for films that are TV adaptations…at least it beat My Favorite Martian.