“Marvel’s The Avengers” may not open in the U.S. until May 4, but the summer superhero flick is already breaking international records, reports The Huff Post.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The Avengers,” costarring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo, (The Hulk), Tom Huddleston (villain Loki) and Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), score especially well in key English-speaking markets – the U.K. ($24.7 million at some 530 situations) and Australia ($19.7 million at some 260 sites, the second biggest market opening ever).
The movie also took in a record $15.9 million from Mexico and another $12.9 million from Korea. In addition to Mexico, “The Avengers” opening was the biggest ever in Brazil, Ecuador, Peru,Argentina, Bolivia, Taiwan, Malaysia,Â Hong Kong, New Zealand and the Philippines, tells The Wrap.
Anticipation for “Avengers” likely kept many filmgoers home from multiplexes this weekend, said Paul Dergarabedian, president of the box office division of Hollywood.com. Overall ticket sales slumped 30 percent from the same weekend last year.
“It just seemed like audiences are saving their time and money for next weekend” and the “Avengers” debut, he said.
The weekendâ€™s No. 2 title was Universalâ€™s “Battleship,” the $209 million sci-fi action title about sea warfare with an alien armada. The movie remained No. 1 in Russia, scoring $3.2 million there from 810 spots for an 11-day market cume of $17.2 million. In China, the film has grossed $29 million over 12 days.
Domestically, the comedy “Think Like a Man” took the No. 1 spot for the second-straight weekend with $18 million, surprisinglyÂ beating Judd Apatow’s “The Five-Year Engagement.”
“Think Like a Man” brought its 10-day sales to $60.9 million, reports GMA News. The movie features an ensemble cast and is based on a best-selling relationship guide by comedian Steve Harvey.
Four movies all took in around $11 million: the animated comedy “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”; the romantic drama “The Lucky One”; the worldwide phenomenon “The Hunger Games”; and rom-com “The Five-Year Engagement.”
Lionsgateâ€™s “The Hunger Games”Â continues to chug along on the overseas circuit. Weekend delivered $7.4 million at some 3,700 screens in 62 markets. Offshore total comes to $228.5 million.
Animated family film “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” performed good with $11.4 million and second place. The film cost about $55 million and total sales overseas, where the movie has been playing since late March, rang up at $75.1 million through Sunday.
Universalâ€™s “American Pie: Reunion” Â has accumulated a foreign gross total of $75.2 million thanks to a $14.5 million weekend at 3,426 screens in 41 markets.
“Five-Year Engagement” opened at a disappointing No. 5 with $11.2 million, slightly below projections by Universal Pictures for the low-teens. The movie stars Jason Segel and Emily Blunt as a couple whose walk down the aisle runs into repeated interruptions.
“A reasonably priced film that slightly underperforms is not the worst thing in world,” said Nikki Rocco, Universal’s president of distribution.
New thriller “Safe,” starring Jason Statham as a former elite agent who takes on a mission to rescue a kidnapped girl,Â secured $7.7 million and the No. 6 slot.
Another new thriller, “The Raven” starring John Cusack as Edgar Allan Poe, landed in seventh place with $7.3 million.
Fox Internationalâ€™s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” withÂ Judi DenchÂ andÂ Maggie Smith, raised its overseas gross total to almost $70 million ($69.9 million) after a $1.96 million weekend at 1,197 situations in 21 markets. A domestic opening is due this week.