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Box Office: ‘The Avengers’ Breaking Records and Taking Names

19 days later….$1 billion!

It took only 19 days for Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers to pass the $1 billion pinnacle worldwide. The film also became the first ever to pass the $100 million mark (domestically) in its second week. Its earnings of $103.2 million shatters the previous second week record held by Avatar ($75.6 mil). The Avengers domestic box office now stands at $372.3 million, and the film is certain to pass the current 2012 box office champ (The Hunger Games; $386.9 million) sometime this week.

Read the rest of the box office report after the jump…

Coming in as the runner-up this weekend was Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp. The 70s TV adaptation managed to bring in $28.2 million. Eight of those dollars came from me, and it is sadly eight dollars that would have been better spent seeing The Avengers for a second time instead. Somehow Dark Shadows cost $125 million dollars to make (some of which must be stuffed into an off-shore account somewhere), and I doubt it breaks even at the box office during its run. Read Michael’s review here.

Another box office achievement that took place this week was The Hunger Games (domestically) surpassed every Harry Potter film. That makes me a little sad for some reason. The Hunger Games came in fourth behind Think Like a Man.

Here is how the top 10 films stacked up at the box office:

MovieDistributorWeekend GrossTotal GrossWeeks
1The AvengersDisney$103,163,000$373,182,3732
2Dark ShadowsWarner Bros.$28,805,000$28,805,0001
3Think Like a ManSony/Screen Gems$6,300,000$81,916,7324
4The Hunger GamesLionsgate$4,400,000$386,901,6868
5The Lucky OneWarner Bros.$4,055,000$53,735,7414
6The Pirates! Band of MisfitsSony/Columbia$3,200,000$23,103,5583
7The Five-Year EngagementUniversal$3,095,645$24,405,0553
8ChimpanzeeDisneynature$1,624,000$25,585,9714
9The RavenRelativity Media$1,300,000$14,644,9283
10SafeLionsgate$1,275,000$15,545,2553

What do you think?

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Written by Mark Johnson

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.

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