“Avengers” did a number at the box office this weekend, shattering the domestic revenue record with a remarkable $200.3 million.
This topped the previous record of $169.2 million set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” making it the biggest opening weekend debut of all time.
The opening weekend record-breaker pushed the films’ worldwide revenue to $641.8 million, more than the other Marvel hits took home during their entire time in theaters.
Directed by Joss Whedon, “The Avengers” cast includes: Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
The success of “The Avengers” was critical to Marvel’s parent company, Disney, who recently suffered from the failed release of “John Carter” a few weeks ago. Disney and Marvel spent $220 million making “The Avengers.” This budget surpassed the $170 million it took to produce Marvel’s 2010 project, “Iron Man 2.” The star-studded cast of “The Avengers” was largely responsible for the increase in cost.
Here’s how the rest of the films at the box office performed domestically this weekend:
“The Avengers” (Disney): $200.3 million
“Think Like a Man” (Sony): $8 million
“The Hunger Games” (Lionsgate): $5.7 million
“The Lucky One” (Warner Bros./Village Roadshow): $5.5 million
“The Pirates! Band of Misfits“ (Sony): $5.4 million