‘The Avengers’ Expected to Top $1 Billion Worldwide After Record Second Weekend

Marvel Avengers Assemble crushed competitors for a second weekend in the US and Canada, making $103.2 million (£64 million) and is poised to break $1 billion worldwide.

After posting the highest domestic box office debut in history last weekend, the film, starring Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr set another record by easily topping the $75.6 million "Avatar" pulled in during its second weekend in 2009, making "Avengers" the first movie to exceed $100 million in its second weekend. Photo: Marvel

“Marvel’s The Avengers” scored $103.2 million at the domestic box office over Mother’s Day weekend, adding an additional $95.4 million from international territories, according to The Huff Post.

“We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of ‘The Avengers,'” Robert A. Iger, Disney’s chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”

After the highest domestic box office debut in history last weekend, “The Avengers” set another record by easily topping the $75.6-million “Avatar” pulled in during its second weekend in 2009, making Avengers the first movie to exceed $100-million in its second weekend, says National Post.

At $373.1 million, Marvel’s superhero team-up is also the fastest film to cross $300 million at the domestic box office in just nine days of release.

“You never think that it can happen this quickly,” said Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney. “You hope you can get to this day, and the fact that it is happening this early is a testament to a lot of work that went in on the Marvel side over the last six years to get us to a place where people wanted to see the Avengers assemble,” he said.

“There has been a surprise around every corner with this picture in terms of how high is high and how big is big,” Hollis said.

“The Avengers” is expected to top $1 billion worldwide on Sunday, its 19th day of release, said Walt Disney Studios, quoted by CNN.

“The Avengers,” the big-budget 3D film united Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk among others in a fight against a villain determined to destroy the planet. Disney has already revealed this week that it is planning an “Avengers” sequel.

Until “The Avengers” burst on the scene, “The Hunger Games” from Lionsgate had been this year’s box-office champ, taking in an estimated $155 million domestically in its first weekend.

Disney obtained the rights to the characters from “The Avengers” with its $4 billion purchase of comic book publisher Marvel three years ago.

The Marvel film overwhelmed new horror comedy “Dark Shadows,”  the eighth film collaboration between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton. The horror comedy earned $28.8 million during its opening weekend.

“Dark Shadows” is based on the cult TV soap opera that ran from 1966 to 1971 about vampires, werewolves and witches living in a ghostly countryside manor.

However, “Dark Shadows” $28.8 million is far below past Depp-Burton collaborations such as “Alice in Wonderland,” which opened with $116.1 million, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which debuted with $56.2 million.

According to Daily Mail, Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian said he expects Hollywood to break the summer revenue record of $4.4 billion it set last year and top its all-time annual high of $10.6 billion from 2009.

“I think we will surpass that given the strength of just the first two weeks of the summer and the strength of the films on the way,”Dergarabedian said. “Records are just made to be broken this summer and this year.”

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