The ComingSoon.net Box Office Report has been updated with studio estimates for the weekend. Click here for the full box office estimates of the top 12 films and then check back on Monday for the final figures based on actual box office.
Walt Disney Pictures is projecting that Marvel’s The Avengers will earn an estimated $200.3 million at the domestic box office this weekend from 4,349 locations, making it the highest-grossing debut of all time! The previous record of $169.2 million was held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 last year. “The Avengers” averaged $46,063 per theater in North America.
The movie has become the fastest to reach the $200 million mark domestically in three days. It earned $80.5 million on Friday, which is the second-highest single day take of all time and Saturday’s take of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday of all time.
“The Avengers,” which received an A+ CinemaScore, will cross the $600 million global box office mark today after just 12 days of release! The film added another $151.5 million this weekend internationally and has reached $441.5 million overseas from 52 territories. The movie’s estimated global total after today is $641.8 million! “The Avengers” cost about $220 million to make, not counting marketing expenses.
The global box office for “The Avengers” has already surpassed the global box office totals of Captain America: The First Avenger ($364 million), Thor ($449 million), Iron Man ($585 million) and Iron Man 2 ($624 million).
“The Avengers” has surpassed the international box office totals of Captain America: The First Avenger ($192 million), Iron Man ($266.7 million), Thor ($268.3 million) and Iron Man 2 ($311.5 million). The film had the biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines. In Russia, the film earned $17.9 million.
In other international news, Universal’s Battleship has surpassed the $200 million mark. The action adventure doesn’t open in North American theaters until May 18.
Back at the domestic box office, Screen Gems’ Think Like a Man added $8 million in second place its third weekend for a total of $73 million so far. The romantic comedy cost just $12 million to make.
Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games remained in the third spot with $5.7 million to bring its seven-week total to $380.7 million domestically. The big screen adaptation was made for $78 million.
Keeping fourth place was Warner Bros.’ The Lucky One, which earned $5.5 million and has collected $47.9 million after three weeks.
Rounding out the top five was Sony Pictures Animation and Aardman’s The Pirates! Band of Misfits with $5.4 million this weekend. The $55 million-budgeted movie has earned $18.6 million domestically in two weeks. Overseas, the film took in $2.6 million and has reached $70.4 million, for a worldwide total of $89 million.
In sixth place, Universal’s The Five-Year Engagement added $5.1 million for a two-week total of $19.2 million. The comedy was made for $30 million.
In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel collected $750,301 from 27 theaters, an average of $27,789 per theater. Documentary First Position also did well in five theaters, earning $51,000 for an average of $10,200 per location.
Click here for the full box office results of the top 12 films.