The Avengers Set Opening-Weekend Record with $200.3 MillionLeave the first response May 7, 2012 / Posted in The Avengers Articles, The Avengers Movie
Wham! Pow! Boom!
“The Avengers” is smashing box-office records — and taking the city by storm.
The all-star Marvel Comics teamup managed a colossal sales feat this weekend with a $200.3 million debut in U.S. theaters.
Captain America and the gang blasted way past the previous record of $169.2 million for the 2011 debut of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2.”
“The $200 million opening weekend is just like Sasquatch — it’s something I thought I would never actually see,” said Paul Dergarabedian, box office analyst for Hollywood.com.
“The word of mouth is so incredible on this film, it just keeps building and building, and movie theaters kept having to add showings,” Dergarabedian added.
The Disney blockbuster — which blends “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Thor” and “Captain America” opened earlier overseas. Its worldwide take is now $641.8 million, more than previous Marvel flicks earned in their entire runs.
The Joss Whedon-directed superhit features Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk and Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow.
The high-octane flick also gives New York City a starring role, with an epic alien invasion of midtown Manhattan serving as the film’s centerpiece and finale.
Whedon, a New York native, set much of the movie’s action around Grand Central Terminal, though Central Park, the Staten Island Ferry and the Chrysler Building all have cameos.
At theaters across the city, rabid fans lined up around the block dressed as their favorite superheroes, hungry for a look at their idols in action on the big screen.
Dan Davis of Williamsburg wore a purple Bizarro T-shirt to show his superhero love at a Sunday afternoon screening at Union Square Regal Cinemas in Manhattan.
“This is the ‘Citizen Kane’ of geeky coolness,” gushed Davis, 40, adding, “It’s crazy insane superheroes getting together.”
Bartender Josh Reynolds, 38, who went to see “The Avengers” with Davis, said that the movie’s exceptional special effects and acting took it to the next level.
“You cared a lot about the characters. It wasn’t like a regular action movie,” said Reynolds, who lives in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.
While “The Avengers” was the clear winner, “Think Like a Man,” the top-selling film over the past two weekends, finished second with $8 million in weekend ticket sales.
Many observers — including Dergarabedian — believe the film’s incredible success could fuel the biggest summer movie season of all time.
A landslide of big films, including “Men In Black 3,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Prometheus,” will hit theaters in the coming months.