'The Avengers' breaks box office record with $200.3 million opening weekend
"The Avengers" is a hit at the box office this weekend and set a new box office record for an opening weekend of a film.
The superhero movie reportedly earned an estimated $200.3 million over the weekend, the largest debut for a film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It broke the record previously held by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which opened in July 2011 with $169.2 million. It is the first film to reach the $200 million mark in three days at the box office.
"The Avengers" was already a big winner overseas when it opened last weekend and continued its hot streak internationally with an estimated box office international total at $441.5 million. The worldwide total of the film now stands at $641.8 million, according to the industry paper, beating on Marvel's "Iron Man 2" record at $624 million.
"The Avengers" features characters from the "Iron Man," "Thor," "The Incredible Hulk" and "Captain America" together. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow from "Iron Man 2" while Robert Downey Jr. returns as Tony Stark / Iron Man. Jeremy Renner plays Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson will reprise his role as Nick Fury. The film also stars Colbie Smulders of "How I Met Your Mother" as Maria Hill, a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent who works closely with Nick Fury.
"Think Like A Man," the previous box office winner fell to a distant second place with $8 million. The romantic comedy now has a domestic box office total of $73 million for its three weeks in theaters.
"Think Like a Man" follows four couples. The women become hooked on TV personality Steve Harvey's 2009 book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," and try to use his relationship advice on their guys. In response, the men act to turn the tables on their ladies.
In third place is "The Hunger Games" with $5.7 million. The movie has earned a domestic total of $380 million at the box office in seven weeks.
Rounding out the top five films for the weekend is the Zac Efron film "The Lucky One" with 5.5 million and "Pirates! Band of Misfits" in fifth place with $5.4 million.
"The Avengers" is produced by Disney's Marvel Studios unit. Disney is the parent company of OnTheRedCarpet.com.
Watch trailers for "The Avengers," "Pirates! Band of Misfits" "Think Like A Man" and "The Lucky One" below.