‘The Avengers Assemble’ shatter box office records after a staggering opening weekend in the US





After breaking all sorts of records here in the UK and everywhere else in the world, all eyes were on the US release of Marvel Avengers Assemble (simply called The Avengers in the US). The film was expected to do massive business in the US during its opening weekend, but I think everyone has been blown away by just how well the film performed.

“If The Avengers is any indication, we’re going to see a leap rather than a gentle little nudge into new territory, and the lineup is there to justify it going forward,” said Greg Foster, chairman and president of the Imax cinema chain.

Joss Whedon’s film took a monumental $200.3 million (£124 million) in its opening 3 days, completely shattering the previous record owned by Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows part 2 which took $169 million in its first 3 days. A truly phenomenal result, and a good boost for cinemas as a whole. Over the weekend, a further $151.5 million was made outside the US, and this brings the films total worldwide sales to a monumental $641.8 million in just over one week.

Here is a list of some truly amazing results:

· Biggest US opening weekend of all time.

· Fastest film to reach $200M (3 days) in the US.

· Highest Saturday of all time: $69.7M in US.

· 8th biggest midnights opening in US.

· Biggest superhero midnights debut in US.

· Passed US totals for Captain America and Thor.

· Passed international box office totals of Captain America ($192M), Iron Man($266.7M), Thor ($268.3M), and Iron Man 2 ($311.5M) in 12 days of release.

· Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines.

· Biggest Marvel opening weekend in Russia (May 3): $17.9M.

· Passed the global box office totals of Captain America ($364M) and Thor($449M) and Iron Man ($585M) and Iron Man 2 ($624M).

· 110 US IMAX locations established a new opening Saturday record.

· Biggest IMAX US opening weekend for a digital only release.

· Highest grossing opening weekend in IMAX’s history

· Global cume estimate: $641.8M

· Performance to date in key international territories: UK $48.1M, Mexico $40.2M, Australia $32.2M, Korea $31.3M, Brazil $31.0M, France $26.4M, Italy $18.8M, Germany $18.3M, Russia $17.9M, China $17.4M, Spain $14.4M, Taiwan $14.3M, Philippines $11.5M.

· IMAX global total box office: $31.2M

· Cinema Score: A+

· Rotten Tomatoes: 94% positive reviews

. IMDB: Average score- 8.8%

Amazing results, and with The Dark Knight Rise and The Amazing Spider-Man still due for release, this is going to be one hell of a year for superhero movies!

By Matt Wavish

About Matt Wavish 9999 Articles
A keen enthusiast and collector of all horror and extreme films. I can be picky as i like quality in my horror. This doesn't necessarily mean it has to be a classic, but as long as it has something to impress me then i'm a fan. I watch films by the rule that if it doesn't bring out some kind of emotive response then it aint worth watching.

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