Opening Weekend Box Office Record Shattered by The Avengers

Posted May 6th, 2012 at 9:45 am

Most expected The Avengers to challenge the $169 million opening weekend box office record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 but few thought it even possible for a film to reach the number that it has – $200.3 million.

Even with rising ticket prices padded by 3D and IMAX surcharges the $200 million mark seemed impossible to reach based on the finite number of screens and showings and the rarity of an event that could draw crowds of such a magnitude. It was the perfect storm though with The Avengers which not only had the assembling of several popular superheroes but the build-up over years with their individual films which created insane awareness levels and anticipation accompanied by fantastic reviews and a strong marketing blitz.

Worldwide The Avengers has already made $640 million – it opened in some international markets 10 days ago.

Update: The official numbers are in and they exceeded the estimates made on Sunday. The Avengers drew $207.1 for opening weekend.

Update #2: In it’s second weekend The Avengers held really well making another $103 million – the most for a second weekend in history beating Avatar‘s $75 million. Total now is up to $373 million in North America and $1 billion total worldwide!

  • Not surprising at all. That movie was amazing. Kudos Joss Whedon. Thanos was the perfect ending btw.

  • TIMtationX

    Completely agree. I can’t say enough good things about this movie. I seriously doubt The Dark Knight Rises will hit that number.

    • Skihawks

      Agreed. Dark Knight rises trailer did nothing to spur my anticipation.

    • Bdog

      The Dark Knight Rises won’t even come close to the Avengers. I’ve been telling my friends that all along. The trailer actually looks boring to me.¬†

  • Clubguru35

    yea this avenger movie was complete awesomeness at the essence of awesomeness ive seen it 4 times already and love it everytime… glad it destroyed the box office record cause it just shows how awesome this movie,way to go joss whedon and crew

  • Skihawks

    Movie was awesome!!!! Must see. Humor in the right spots kept this flick moving at a good pace.

    The Amazing Spider-Man trailer was outstanding.