"We're obviously thrilled with the global success of The Avengers," said Robert Iger, Disney's Chairman and CEO, in a press release. "It's a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come."
The Avengers is Disney's fifth billion-dollar movie following Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest ($1.066 billion), Toy Story 3 ($1.063 billion), Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($1.044 billion) and Alice in Wonderland ($1.024 billion). No other studio has more than two billion-dollar movies.
Across its 54 markets, The Avengers added $93.8 million this weekend to bring its foreign total to $627.3 million. That's the highest overseas gross ever for a comic book adaptation, and it ranks 16th among all titles. The movie's top market so far is the United Kingdom with $65.1 million, and China ($50.4 million), Mexico ($49.6 million), Brazil ($44.4 million) and South Korea ($41.5 million) make up the Top Five. It's only major market remaining is Japan, where it opens in August, and there's a good chance The Avengers ultimately winds up close to $800 million in overseas revenue.
Dark Shadows had its foreign launch this weekend, though similarly to its domestic debut it played second fiddle to The Avengers. The Tim Burton-Johnny Depp horror comedy grossed $37.3 million from 42 markets, and was 93 percent ahead of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory across the same regions according to distributor Warner Bros. Pictures. The movie opened to $5.1 million in Russia, $4.6 million in France (first place), $3.9 million in the U.K., $3.8 million in Australia, $2.7 million in Italy, $2.5 million in South Korea, $2.4 million in Spain, and a disappointing $2.1 million in Germany. Dark Shadows still has debuts in Japan, Brazil, and Mexico to look forward to.
American Reunion added $14.6 million in 49 territories for a total of $143.4 million. That passed American Pie 2's $143 million to set a new franchise record. Add in its domestic tally, and American Reunion has now made over $200 million worldwide, and it's likely this movie will ultimately be deemed a success.
Battleship opened in Latin America this weekend but only saw its revenues jump to an estimated $11.1 million (new total of $215.2 million). It had fine debuts in Mexico ($3.1 million) and Brazil ($1.6 million), though it trailed the third weekend of The Avengers in both of those territories. It's entirely possible that a similar fate awaits Battleship when it opens in the U.S. this upcoming weekend.
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Other Notables - Weekend Gross - Gross-to-Date
21 Jump Street - $3.2 - $49.1
Titanic 3D - $3.1 - $282.6
The Lucky One - $2.4 - $22.7
The Pirates! - $2.2 - $74.5
Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $1.9 - $75.7
Five-Year Engagement - $1.7 - $4.7
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