It is fair to say that director Joss Whedon’s Marvel Avengers Assemble has become a bit of a phenomenon, and I doubt anyone ever expected the brilliant film to be quite as successful as it has been. Fans expected it to be big, but seriously, the film has destroyed the competition at the box office, and is showing no signs of slowing down! It hasn’t even been released in the US yet, but there is no doubt Whedon, Marvel and Disney are expecting global domination when it does!
Check out a recent press release for some staggering figures so far!
MARVEL AVENGERS ASSEMBLE SMASHES IN AT NO.1 TAKING £15.8M AT UK BOX OFFICE
BIGGEST DISNEY 3 DAY OPENING OF ALL TIME
BIGGEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OPENING OF ALL TIME
BIGGEST SINGLE DAY TAKING FOR A DISNEY FILM OF £5.4M
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE ALONE BEATS THE ENTIRE RUNS OF THE HULK, CAPTAIN AMERICA AND THOR
NO.1 ACROSS ALL 39 INTERNATIONAL OPENINGS
Marvel Avengers Assemble smashed in at No.1 at the UK box office with a phenomenal Hulk sized 4 day weekend of £15.8m. Audiences flocked to be first to see the critically loved movie, making it the biggest opening for a superhero movie in the UK of all time and the second biggest 4 day weekend ever (behind Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix £16.5m). The hugely anticipated Marvel Avengers Assemble has already taken more than the entire UK box office runs of The Hulk (£8.29m), Captain America (£9.5m) and Thor (£14.05m).
The international box office totalled a massive $178.4 million and saw Marvel Avengers Assemble open at No.1 in all 39 countries released so far, with many countries seeing their biggest opening weekends of all time, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines.
The only movie with 6 stars, Marvel Avengers Assembles Hollywood talent including Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye.
UK press have called Marvel Avengers Assemble “spectacular” and “the first blockbuster of the year”:
“Phenomenal,” The Sun, 5 stars
“the best comic book movie ever made” The Daily Star, 10/10
‘Avengers Assemble has emerged as the smartest, wittiest, and most unapologetically entertaining comic-book adaptation of the modern era.’ The Times, 5 stars
“fantastic superhero entertainment,” Sunday Mirror, 5 stars
“supremely entertaining,” Heat, 5 stars
‘All kinds of awesomeness goes down!’ Nuts 5 stars
“tremendous fun, thanks to a clever and witty script,” Mail on Sunday, 4 stars
Marvel Avengers Assemble is the eagerly anticipated first Avengers film, bringing together some of Marvel’s most loved superhero characters in the biggest superhero movie in history. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel Avengers Assemble” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham.
Truly awesome stuff, and the reviews for the film have pretty much all been positive. You can read my review here and our Dr Lenera’s review here. However, a review by New York Times critic A.O Scott was less than enthusiastic. While his review didn’t so much slate the film, there were a few cutting remarks which has got Samuel L’ Jackson (who plays Nick Fury) slightly annoyed. Scott described “The Avengers” as a cynical, empty exercise in authoritarian corporate entertainment”, yet he also says it’s “not without its pleasures” and compares the copious banter of the film’s mid-section aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.’s helicarrier to classic Howard Hawks western “Rio Bravo.”
However, the remark which really upset Jackson was when Scott described how Jackson as Nicky Fury controls his team of superheroes, stating he “is more master of ceremonies than mission commander.” Oh dear, the angry Jackson took to Twitter telling fans to take Scott down, here is what Jackson tweeted: “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!”
Oh dear! In some other Avengers news, a number of clips have been released showcasing some of the main characters from the film, check them out if you have not already seen the film, or watch them again to remind you of just how brilliant the film was.
By Matt Wavish