The Official Weekend Box Office Numbers Are In


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We brought you word early Saturday that The Avengers was already smashing the competition at the box office and well on its way to unseating the Harry Potter finale as the highest opening weekend ever. Well it did in fact destroy Potter as the top grossing weekend opening in North America. It also became the fastest movie ever to reach $100, then $150, and then $200 million at the box office. As well as those records, it became the highest per-theater average ever for a release with $46,057 per theater.

It sold out theaters nationwide, and reports have it that IMAX theaters didn’t have enough seats on demand and had to turn people away. The film opened on the other side of the world before the US release and made $441.5 million abroad. The two-week gross is now at more than $641 million.

The Avengers are sitting pretty at the top spot for now, but the only real competition coming up is Christopher Nolan’s Batman finale and the reboot and retelling of Spider-Man in The Amazing Spider-Man. Those movies are sure to make an unthinkable amount of money, but if they can put a dent in The Avengers remains to be seen. Joss Whedon completely knocked the ball out of the park with The Avengers and has undoubtedly gotten himself the job as director of the sequel if he wants it. Marvel has a decent record of keeping the same director for multiple movies, except most notably the Thor sequel, so Whedon will hopefully write and direct the sequel. The Avengers has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike (you can check out the CBT crew’s reviews now if you were holding off on spoilers). The Avengers is still making money with great word of mouth and repeat viewings. I’m personally on my second round with another planned. It could possibly unseat Cameron at the all-time money maker spot and pass a billion dollars, so we’ll have to watch out for that.

Marvel has an even brighter future ahead with this success and the movies we’ve been told are going to be announced in the coming months. Comic book fans rejoice and enjoy this moment. Below is the weekend box office chart. I included the top 11 just so the other Whedon project, Cabin In The Woods, could be included. It’s worth checking out as well. Below that is a list of the top 10 biggest weekend openings ever. You can click the pictures to expand and see all the information.

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