|TW||LW||Title (click to view)||Studio||Weekend Gross||% Change||Theater Count /Change||Average||Total Gross||Budget*||Week #|
|1||1||Marvel's The Avengers||BV||$103,052,274||-50.3%||4,349||-||$23,696||$373,071,647||$220||2|
|3||2||Think Like a Man||SGem||$5,816,108||-28.3%||2,052||+42||$2,834||$81,432,840||$12||4|
|4||3||The Hunger Games||LGF||$4,505,362||-19.4%||2,531||-263||$1,780||$387,007,048||$78||8|
|5||5||The Lucky One||WB||$4,107,492||-23.5%||2,839||-166||$1,447||$53,788,233||-||4|
|6||6||The Five-Year Engagement||Uni.||$3,314,010||-34.1%||2,569||-372||$1,290||$24,623,420||$30||3|
|7||4||The Pirates! Band of Misfits||Sony||$3,143,442||-42.9%||3,079||-279||$1,021||$23,047,000||$55||3|
|8||16||The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel||FoxS||$2,672,140||+262.5%||178||+151||$15,012||$3,744,656||-||2|
Now The Avengers starring an ensemble cast of Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johannson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was built to break records. The film had its worldwide premiere on April 11, 2012 and released in the UAE on May 3 to full houses. It broke midnight screening records in the US. In North America, the presales tickets exceeded those of all of last year Marvel live-action film releases.
Hell, they exceeded in NOT making Thor look gay in his feature film of 2011. So The Avengers' success does not come as a surprise as all of last year's Marvel releases opened to positive to mixed reviewed and covered their budget by $200-$300m.
The Avengers has become the highest-grossing film based on comics (created by the late Jack Kirby and legend Stan Lee respectively). It has become the biggest grossing superhero film and the fifth highest grosser distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It shares its speed of earning the $1b milestone with Avatar, and Harry Potter - The Deathly Hallows Part 2. That speed being 19 days.
Rotten Tomatoes gives it 93% certified fresh and why wouldn't it be? I watched it in the theatre 2 times and I'm still craving another viewing. This film will excite both comic book fans and those who have never read a page. I'll give a full review later on. The current rating on IMDB is 8.7/10 and the running time is 2 hours, 23 minutes and you'll never feel that you wasted that time.
Think Like a Man falls to no. 3 spot in its 4th week. No surprise Johnny Depp's Dark Shadows reached no.2 but fails to beat The Avengers (as predicted). The horror comedy film is based on the mid 60s soap opera series of the same name. And its based on vampires and unsurprisingly directed by Tim Burton. This mark Depp's eighth collaboration with Burton that started with Edward Scissorhands (a teen fantasy romantic film), which I found one of Depp's best acting flicks and Burton's only movie that I would recommend. The trailer is quite impressive though and I'm looking forward to watch this one:
Battleship might reach no.2 or no.3 next weekend. The only film that can and most probably beat the superhero squad is Men in Black 3 releasing on May 25 with a strong budget of $215m.
So I'm excited for the weekend after next...