Weekend Box Office: ‘Avengers’ Crosses $1 Billion Worldwide

Unsurprisingly, Tim Burton’s latest joint venture with Johnny Depp was shadowed by the continued record-breaking success of ‘The Avengers’. Earning another $103 million domestically, Marvel’s superhero epic crossed the worldwide $1 billion mark this weekend. That second-weekend total crushed the previous second-weekend record held by the $75.6 million of ‘Avatar‘. Box Office Mojo also notes that ‘The Avengers’ broke other records, including fastest movie to $300 million and $350 million, and the highest eight-day, nine-day and ten-day grosses.

Dark Shadows‘ didn’t open terribly low, but it sure didn’t earn what the studio expected it to. Warner Bros. had predicted a $33.3 million opening, but estimates place it at $28.8 million. Considering that the last two Burton/Depp collaborations (‘Alice in Wonderland‘ and ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory‘) opened to $116 and $56 million respectively, the $28.8 million of ‘Dark Shadows’ was a major let-down. The tragic fact is that ‘Sleepy Hollow‘ opened better than ‘Shadows’ with $30 million back in 1999. Choose any one of the handful of reasons why ‘Dark Shadows’ may have underperformed and you’re probably right.

‘Think Like a Man’, ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘The Lucky One’ came in third, fourth and fifth places, but none of them slid more than 25% in attendance this weekend. ‘Think Like a Man’ has now grossed an impressive $81.9 million in four weeks. The $386.9 million domestic run for ‘The Hunger Games’ is about to be dethroned by ‘The Avengers’ (currently at $373.1 million) as the highest-grossing movie of 2012. And the Zac Efron/Nicholas Sparks movie ‘The Lucky One’ has now grossed $53.7 million domestically.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel‘, which expanded to 178 locations during its second weekend, landed in the #8 spot with $2.6 million. The $14,888 per-screen average was second only to ‘The Avengers’ ($23,721). From what I hear, ‘Marigold Hotel’ is quite delightful.

The final movie in the Top 10 was a shocker to me. On 322 screens, the Eva Mendes dramedy ‘Girl in Progress‘ grossed $1.3 million. For a movie with little to no marketing campaign, its $4,193 per-screen average is impressive.

Top 10:

1. ‘The Avengers’ (Buena Vista) – $103,163,000

2. ‘Dark Shadows’ (Warner Bros.) – $28,805,000

3. ‘Think Like a Man’ (Screen Gems) – $6,300,000

4. ‘The Hunger Games’ (Lionsgate) – $4,400,000

5. ‘The Lucky One’ (Warner Bros.) – $4,055,000

6. ‘The Pirates! Band of Misfits’ (Sony) – $3,200,000

7. ‘The Five-Year Engagement’ (Universal) – $3,100,000

8. ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ (Searchlight) – $2,650,000

9. ‘Chimpanzee’ (Buena Vista) – $1,624,000

10. ‘Girl in Progress’ (Lionsgate) – $1,350,000


  1. M. Enois Duarte

    Well, I couldn’t resist and since my wife asked for us to go see for Mother’s Day, paid matinee to see ‘Dark Shadows.’ And to my surprise, it wasn’t as bad as I initially expected. Not great, but not horrible either.

  2. I actually really liked ‘Dark Shadows’! I laughed quite a few times. “The ugliest woman I have ever seen”, “Mephistopheles!”, “The biggest balls” etc. All solid humour.

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