|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||N||Marvel's The Avengers||BV||$207,438,708||-||4,349||-||$47,698||$207,438,708||$220||1|
|2||1||Think Like a Man||SGem||$8,106,166||-54.0%||2,010||-5||$4,033||$73,135,600||$12||3|
|3||3||The Hunger Games||LGF||$5,587,661||-48.3%||2,794||-778||$2,000||$380,614,659||$78||7|
|4||2||The Pirates! Band of Misfits||Sony||$5,502,482||-50.6%||3,358||-||$1,639||$18,665,941||$55||2|
|5||4||The Lucky One||WB||$5,368,115||-50.3%||3,005||-170||$1,786||$47,775,060||-||3|
|6||5||The Five-Year Engagement||Uni.||$5,029,110||-52.6%||2,941||+5||$1,710||$19,133,015||$30||2|
|10||9||The Three Stooges||Fox||$1,832,333||-64.5%||2,174||-931||$843||$39,669,015||$30||4|
It has broken multiple records which weren't predicted by me and other box office pundits: Fastest to $100m. Fastest to $150m. Fastest to $200m.
Now many people had this feature on top of their summer watchlist. Even the female fanbase. But I'm shocked it beat Harry Potter's said to be unbeatable record. This has also sparked the interest of viewing superhero movies again which was lost by last year's Green Lantern and the uninteresting grosses of Captain America: The First Avenger and X-Men: First Class. Last year only Thor is to be considered a masterpiece not only commercially (approximately $450m worldwide) and critically (Rotten Tomatoes: 77%, BoxOffice101: 3/4). So I wasn't surprised to see Thor not being underrated in this hot seasoned entertainer.
Joss Whedon has written and directed The Avengers off a story by him and Zak Penn. Whedon enjoys cult status and is a well renowned TV writer having created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly along with popular others. This being his 2nd mainstream film he does a pretty good job at it and although his first film (Serenity 2005) barely managed to reach its budget, this year luck favours him. His co-written horror film that has gotten critics jumping is off the top 10 week this list after its 3rd week. It has made just above $45m off $12m and I'm super eager to see it. It will release on May 10, 012 in the UAE.
This week also marks Think Like a Man's fall off the top (as predicted last week) along with The Hunger Games at no.3. Both no.2 and no.3 haven't managed to make up to $10m this week and I'm sure Battleship won't take The Avengers off the highest rank with its North America debut on May 18. Men in Black 3 will do that though.
That's enough for one weekend folks. BoxOffice101 predicted that Marvel's The Avengers would made $990m - $1b. Now let's see how much it ends up with in the end...
(Chart by Box Office Mojo)