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Scarlett Johansson poses with her grandmother, Dorothy, adopted sister, Fenan, and mother, Melanie, as she receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 2, 2012, two days before the release of her new film, The Avengers. - Provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Publicity
05/02/2012

See photos of Scarlett Johansson's Walk of Fame star ceremony with 'Avengers' co-star Jeremy Renner on May 2, 2012.

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James Spader talks to OTRC.com at the premiere of Lincoln at Graumans Chinese Theatre during AFI Fest in Hollywood on Nov. 8, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

James Spader has been cast as Ultron in "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the hit 2012 film "The Avengers," production company Marvel announced on Thursday, Aug. 29.

04/18/2012
Cast member Scarlett Johansson arrives at the Moscow premiere of The Avengers on Wednesday, April 17, 2012. - Provided courtesy of Disney

See photos of Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. and other stars at 'The Avengers' Moscow premiere on April 17, 2012 in Moscow, Russia.

Johansson wore a black Nina Ricci radzimir and lace dress from the designer's Pre-Fall 2012 collection. 'The Avengers' will be released in theaters on May 4, 2012.

05/20/2012
The cast of The Avengers appears in a scene from the 2012 film. - Provided courtesy of Marvel Studios

"The Avengers" continues to dominate the box office and the blockbuster action film "Battleship" didn't stand a chance against the super heroes.

The comic book-inspired film starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo landed in the No. 1 spot over the weekend with an estimated $55.1 million domestically, according to the Associated Press. It is the third weekend the film has ended up in the top spot and the movie has earned an additional $56 million in international venues.

05/19/2012
Alexander Skarsgard and Rihanna appear in a still from Battleship. - Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures

"Battleship" failed to sink "The Avengers" from its reign at the box office on Friday.

The marvel superhero film earned an estimated $15.3 million on Friday, for a total box office cume of $417.3 million domestically and over $1 billion worldwide. Last week, the movie broke more records, becoming the first film to earn $100 million in its second weekend in release.

05/16/2012
Robert Downey Jr. and his wife Susan talk to OnTheRedCarpet.com at the premiere of Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows on Dec. 6, 2011. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Robert Downey Jr. is expected to earn about $50 million for his work in the current box office hit, Disney and Marvel's "The Avengers," a report says.

The 47-year-old actor reprises his role as Iron Man in the film, which was released in the United States last week and has made more than $1 billion worldwide, including at least $380 million domestically. Downey Jr. is "set for a highflying payday of about $50 million once box-office bonuses and backend compensation are factored in," The Hollywood Reporter said, quoting "multiple knowledgeable sources."

05/13/2012
Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer appear in a still from Dark Shadows. - Provided courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

Even Johnny Depp's star power in "Dark Shadows" could not take down "The Avengers" at the box office this weekend.

The marvel superhero film earned an estimated $103.2 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter, to not only take the top spot for the weekend but break more records.

04/27/2012
Chris Hemsworth at a screening for The Avengers, April 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Some lucky fans got a sneak peak of 'The Avengers' at a screening in L.A., and OTRC caught up with the stars.
05/07/2012
Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson appear in a still from The Avengers. - Provided courtesy of Marvel Studios

"The Avengers" continues to dominate the U.S. box office and has broken a new record.

The Disney and Marvel Studios blockbuster had the biggest three-day debut at the domestic box office, with $200.3 million earned since its Friday midnight opening, with higher-than-expected profits on Sunday that puts its estimated total at $207.4 million.

05/06/2012
Robert Downey Jr. appears at the premiere of The Avengers in Los Angeles on April 11, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

When "The Avengers" hits the big screen the spotlight might be on superheroes like Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Hulk but according to Robert Downey Jr., it's Samuel L. Jackson's character of Nick Fury who has the tough job in the film.

"Nick is really the one who has the heavy heart and the really tough job in the story of 'The Avengers' and I really think that he was under utilized in the first two 'Iron Man' movies," Downey Jr. told OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio at the film's world premiere in Los Angeles on April 11. "I think the audience has really been hungry for him to be more front and center and that's what they get."

05/06/2012
Chris Hemsworth appears at the premiere of The Avengers in Los Angeles on April 11, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

"The Avengers" film brings together some of Marvel's greatest superheroes on the silver screen but actor Chris Evans, who plays Captain America in the film, said that in the battle for the strongest of the group, it is really only a contest between two of the heroes.

"It's got to be a battle between Thor and The Hulk," OnTheRedCarpet.com correspondent George Pennacchio at the film's world premiere in Los Angeles on April 11. "It has to be. Thor is calling down lightning. Hulk is punching jets. I mean it's a tough argument to win."

05/06/2012
Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. appear in a still from the 2012 movie The Avengers. - Provided courtesy of Marvel Studios / Zade Rosenthal

"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.

05/05/2012
Jeremy Renner, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson appear in a still from The Avengers. - Provided courtesy of Marvel Studios

Expectations were high for "The Avengers," but the film has already surpassed expectations.

The Marvel film grossed $80.5 million on Friday, making it the second best domestic opening day haul of all time. The movie was only second to last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which earned $91.1 million in its first day.

Produced by Disney's Marvel Studios unit, "The Avengers" could still generate the biggest weekend opening of all time if it beats out "Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which earned $169.2 million.

05/05/2012
Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans talk to OnTheRedCarpet.com about The Avengers on April 21, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans climb back into their comic book hero uniforms as Thor and Captain America for "The Avengers." The actors opened up recently to OnTheRedCarpet.com about the joys and "nerve-wracking" moments behind shooting the blockbuster film.

"I think Joss [Whedon, the director] has read every comic book ever written so there's &he's certainly able to pull from that and orchestrate this mad team," Hemsworth told OnTheRedCarpet.com's George Pennacchio on April 21. "But it was a hell of a lot of fun."

05/05/2012
Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo talk to OnTheRedCarpet.com about The Avengers on April 21, 2012. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

Scarlett Johansson and Mark Ruffalo take on comic book heroes in "The Avengers" and while some of their close friends and family members may not have been the die-hard audience for the genre, they still found the film to be "an incredible ride."

"It's been surprising but my mom who is not exactly what you would call the typical fan person loved it and so did my stepfather who is not your typical stepfather fan... step man. He loved it too," Ruffalo told OnTheRedCarpet.com's George Pennacchio on April 21. "He doesn't like any violence or anything like that."

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