The box office opening for Marvel’s “The Avengers” was expected to be big — but not this big. The movie is on track for an opening weekend of $207.1 million, Deadline.com reports.
The final numbers are still being tallied, but the movie, directed by TV veteran Joss Whedon, has shattered the record of $169.2 million set by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part II” in July 2011.
The movie, which was released earlier globally, has taken in another $447.4 million in foreign box office receipts, placing its 12-day worldwide total at $654.5 million.
“Avengers” is racking up the records. Among them, it claimed the highest Saturday gross of all time with $69.7 million in one day, MTV.com reports.
"We are really in uncharted territory now with an opening like this," said Phil Contrino of BoxOffice.com. the MTV piece reports.
The movie has generally been received well by critics as well as fans. There have been exceptions, such as A.O. Scott of The New York Times, who incurred the wrath of one of the film’s stars with a bad review, as we reported last week.
Does that mean the blockbuster will have legs? Maybe, maybe not.
MTV quotes Box Office Guru editor Gitesh Pandya, who predicts a sizable drop in box office for the movie’s second weekend. "We won’t see ‘Titanic’ or ‘Avatar’-type legs here, but a final domestic gross of more than $450 million seems likely,” Pandya says.
His assessment of the movie’s international prospects is brighter: "I project it will become the fastest film in history to smash the $1 billion global box-office mark, doing it in about 20 days or so. ‘Avengers’ just might end up becoming the highest-grossing non-James Cameron film ever."