Press Release

The Walt Disney Studios announced today that Marvel’s The Avengers posted an estimated $200.3 million in its domestic debut May 4-6, shattering previous records and positioning the film as the highest-grossing domestic debut of all time. The film’s cumulative global box office gross is an estimated $641.8 million over 12 days in release.

In just three days, Marvel’s the Avengers is the fastest movie to reach $200 million domestically. The domestic debut kicked off Friday, May 4 and marks the second highest single day take of all time at $80.5 million. Saturday’s box office gross of $69.7 million is the highest Saturday take of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel’s The Avengers a rare and perfect A+ CinemaScore.

Marvel’s The Avengers began opening internationally April 25 and crossed the $600 million mark globally May 6 after just 12 days in release.

International box office highlights include:

Opened May 3 in Russia with $17.9 million, the biggest Marvel opening weekend ever
Opened May 5 in China with $17.4 million
Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and Philippines

Marvel’s The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Israel, Poland, and Japan.

The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.

Marvel’s The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.

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  1. May 6, 2012 at 10:57 pm — Reply

    EXCEPT Poland??!?!?!?!??!? What’s the hold up, Big Mouse? Afraid to go after the REAL money? Pfeh. The Red Skull would know what to do.

    • Antonio Sanciolo
      May 7, 2012 at 7:51 am — Reply

      that could be construed as a bit tasteless, mate!

  2. Tony
    May 6, 2012 at 11:20 pm — Reply

    I just keep thinking. Remember the 90s comics boom? When movies based on comics all sucked.

    Just imagine if someone had told us “Yeah, by the year 2012 the comics medium will be barely read or collected, but there will lots of movies, including an Avengers movie, which will be good enough to satisfy most comics fans AND draw in new fans to make the biggest grossing opening weekend of all time.”

    We’d have thought they were insane.
    Reality is stranger than comic books.

  3. May 7, 2012 at 4:59 am — Reply

    Joss Whedon finally gets the box office he deserves. Hopefully this breaks the Whedon curse. On to a Doctor Horrible movie!

  4. Oldcomicfan
    May 7, 2012 at 6:29 am — Reply

    Isn’t it amazing what can happen if Disney hires decent writers, directors and actors and comes up with a story worth telling instead of spewing out something Little Mermaid meets Rocky XXIV direct to video or Mars Needs Moms? Ouch. I sprained my sarcasm.

  5. Antonio Sanciolo
    May 7, 2012 at 7:55 am — Reply

    These gross figures are a little inflated due to 3D ticket pricing. I’d love to see a comparison of raw admissions with other box office successes.

  6. Oldcomicfan
    May 7, 2012 at 8:10 pm — Reply

    Actually, you need to adjust the figures in the other direction. When I was eleven, it cost 50¢ to get into the theater, and that fifty cents bought you two movies and a cartoon or two in between, and you could sit through more than one showing if you came in late! That fifty cents in 1965 money was worth about $3.42 in 2012 dollars ( which should show you just how overpriced today’s movies are. Thunderball, which I paid 25$ to see in 1965, grossed $63,595,658. That’s the equivalent of $434,770,792.07 in 2010 dollars, which sort of knocks Avengers down off its pedestal a bit. In 1939, Gone with the Wind grossed $189,523,031, which in 2010 dollars comes to $2,942,987,645.98!!! That’s TWO BILLION!!!! At the rate it is going, the Avengers might gross that much by the end of the year, but when you adjust the classic movie gross up to modern dollars, it puts most modern Blockbusters to shame. And keep in mind that these figures of pre-1980s movies don’t included video sales because they didn’t exist back then.

    • Oldcomicfan
      May 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm — Reply

      Sorry, it was 25¢ I paid to see Thunderball in 1965. Don’t know how I got in to see it because I was seriously underaged for James Bond in those days.

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