How many more weekends can The Avengers remain in the top ten? Two? Three? I’m curious what effect the release of The Amazing Spider-Man will have on The Avengers, if anything. The mega-blockbuster will be hitting $600 million in domestic gross in two weekends. Can The Dark Knight Rises even hope to catch it?!
Until “Avatar” came through and reset the record books, $600 million domestic was a seemingly unreachable milestone held aloft by “Titanic” as a tease to wannabe blockbusters. “Ha ha! You’ll never catch me!” There were a lot of pretenders to the throne before Avatar, most notably 2008′s “The Dark Knight” which leapt out of the gate and, for a while, seemed like it might grab the brass ring. Ultimately the cowled one faded down the stretch and the record was safe. Until Avatar. We all know what happened there with The Big A producing a new benchmark of $760 million domestic.
Well, Jack and Rose, say hello to your new neighbors because Tony Stark and his friends are moving in next door with “The Avengers” set to pass $600 million sometime early this coming week. If Titanic hadn’t done a cash-grab 3D re-release earlier this year we’d be talking about a new #2 all-time domestic. As it is we’re talking about only the 3rd member of the $600 million club.
The Avengers isn’t stopping there however. The film has been holding up amazingly well in its golden days at the box office and could, conceivably, give the big boat that sinking feeling before all is said and done.
|(#1 rank, 4,349 theaters, $47,698 average)|
|% of Total Gross:||34.7%|
|Widest Release:||4,349 theaters|
|In Release:||52 days / 7.4 weeks|
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