Box Office: 'The Avengers' record breaking tally is officially $207.4 million
Everyone discovered "The Avengers" broke the all-time three-day box office record on Sunday, but it turns out the Marvel Studios film made more than estimated. Original studio and industry estimates stood at $200.3 million. Instead, Joss Whedon's critic's and audience favorite overperformed by more than $7 million on Sunday. The biggest opening of all time now stands at $207.4 million.
"The Avengers" also set a number of other records over the weekend. The film now hold the largest Saturday gross with $69.7 million (overtaking "Spider-Man 3's" $51.3 million from 2007), the largest Sunday gross with $57.1 (passing "The Dark Knight's" $43.5 million in 2008) and theater average of a wide release with $47,698 per theater (knocking out "Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour's" $45,561 per back in 2008).
With such a staggering debut, "The Avengers" should easily join the select club of films that grossed over $400 million domestic. The question is whether it can surpass $500 million. The top three grossing films of all-time in terms of U.S. grosses only are "Avatar" with $760.5 million, "Titanic" whose current cume is up to $658 million because of this year's 3D re-release and "The Dark Knight" which found $533.3 million.
The only major new release this Friday is Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" with Johnny Depp.
Check out the 10 biggest opening weekends of all time in our gallery below.
2008 | Science Fiction | PGSummary: Animated series continues the story of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker as they battle the Emperor Palpatine, Count Dooku and General Grievous, but also takes time to explore other smaller characters in the Star Wars universe.Director: George Lucas (creator)
Cast: Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
1995 | Mystery | NRSummary: Denzel Washington plays an out of work WWII vet who takes the wrong job and is soon neck-deep in a mess of politics, murder, and jazz in '40s Los Angeles.Director: Carl Franklin
Cast: Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals
2013 | Comedy | NRSummary: Insanely funny comedy show created by Amy Schumer, who stars in brilliantly funny sketches about sex, city living, dating, and friendship.Director: Daniel Powell, Amy Schumer (creators)
Cast: Amy Schumer, Kevin Kane, Mike Houston
1996 | Crime | RSummary: Jerry, a small-town Minnesota car salesman is bursting at the seams with debt... but he's got a plan. He's going to hire two thugs to kidnap his wife in a scheme to collect a hefty ransom from his wealthy father-in-law. It's going to be a snap and nobody's going to get hurt... until people start ...Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Cast: William H. Macy, Frances McDormand, Steve Buscemi, Peter Stormare
1993 | Sports | PGSummary: Emotionally powerful sports classic featuring Sean Astin as a skinny high school kid with big football dreams and the determination to make his way towards his dream team at Notre Dame.Director: David Anspaugh
Cast: Sean Astin, Jon Favreau, Ned Beatty
2013 | Thriller | RSummary: Based on the true story of Daniel Lugo (Mark Wahlberg) a Miami bodybuilder who wants to live the American dream. He would like to have the money that other people have. So he enlists the help of fellow bodybuilder Adrian Doorbal (Anthony Mackie) and ex-convict, Christian bodybuilder Paul Doyle (D...Director: Michael Bay
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, Anthony Mackie, Tony Shalhoub
1997 | Crime | RSummary: Quentin Tarantino adaptats an Elmore Leonard novel into this story of a few increasingly desperate people scraping to get by. It has deep soul, a wicked sense of humor, and Samuel L. Jackson, Robert De Niro, Pam Grier, and Robert Forster.Director: Quentin Tarantino
Cast: Pam Grier, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Forster
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill have boundless energy in the story of a real-life commodities crook who earned millions through scummy small-time stock trades.Director: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie
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