Everyone said it would do well, but The Avengers did far more than what Disney’s owned Marvel Studio thought it would initially do at the box office, packed with full audiences and a weekend that broke records for ticket sales.
The Joss Whedon directed movie tied together the previous solo movies of Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, and Captain America, which all teamed up to battle Thor’s brother Loki and his army of invading aliens.
The movie set the three-day opening record by bringing in $200.3 million domestically beating out ‘Harry Potter: Deathly Hallows Part 2’. It also brought it’s worldwide total up to $641.8 million since first opening in overseas theaters 12 days ago. It set a domestic Saturday record by bringing in $69.5 million after an opening Friday $80 million day.
The movie that stars, Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, and Samuel L. Jackson, cost $220 million to make.
The superhero movie is the first release by Marvel Studios since being bought by Disney. “Never, ever did we think it would go this high,” Dave Hollis, Disney’s executive vice-president of exhibition told TheWrap on Sunday morning. “If there was one consistency about this weekend, it was that we kept getting surprised by numbers better than we could have imagined in the best case.”
There is still more to come from the superhero’s in the future, as many of the actors had already been signed to multi movie deals for the series. Before an Avengers sequel however, there are plans to release an Iron Man 3 and Thor 2.