The Avengers takes in $200.3 million in U.S. debut

credit: Disney
I just received this press release from Disney today, and all I have to say is WOW. The Avengers took in $200.3 million its opening weekend here in the U.S., which gives it an estimated $641.8 million cumulative box office gross (here + overseas) for the 12 days it's been in theaters. I guess there are more fanboys and fangirls out there than Harry Potter fans, because to become the #1 movie (with the biggest opening weekend EVER), it beat out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which took in $169.2 in its U.S. opening weekend.

Sequels to Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor now have expected release dates, as well as Iron Man 3. Captain America will be released on April 4, 2014; Thor 2 on November 15, 2013; and Iron Man 3 in a year's time, on May 3, 2013.

Are you planning on seeing The Avengers now that's it's broken box office records? Or have you already seen it? (perhaps multiple times?)

Here's the full press release:

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.

In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.

Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.

International box office highlights include:

  • Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
  • Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
  • Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines

Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.

The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.

Marvel’s The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.

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