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Monday
May072012

"Marvel's The Avengers" Earns $200M, Smashes Box Office Records

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk and their friends were box office heroes over the weekend.

The all-star superhero film Marvel's The Avengers earned an estimated $200.3 million, easily the highest-grossing debut weekend for a movie in domestic box office history.  The total shatters the old record of $169.2 million set last year by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.

A few other tidbits from The Avengers' big weekend:

-- The Avengers reached the $200 million mark faster than any other movie in U.S. box office history.

-- On Friday, the day it opened, The Avengers enjoyed the second-highest single-day gross of all time with $80.5 million.  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 made $91.1 million on its first day of release.

-- The Avengers established a new record for a Saturday, with $69.7 million.

-- The Avengers has now earned an estimated $641.8 million worldwide since it opened overseas about two weeks ago.

After two weekends on top, Think Like a Man fell to second place, with just $8 million.

Here are the top 10 movies from Friday through Sunday, with estimated ticket sales:

1. Marvel's The Avengers, $200.3 million
2. Think Like a Man, $8 million
3. The Hunger Games, $5.7 million
4. The Lucky One, $5.5 million
5. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, $5.4 million
6. The Five-Year Engagement, $5.1 million
7. The Raven, $2.5 million
8. Safe, $2.47 million
9. Chimpanzee, $2.4 million
10. The Three Stooges, $1.8 million´╗┐

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