Updated – Avengers Shatter Records
$207.4 million is now the record. That’s the amount The Avengers made it’s opening weekend after a solid, but not record breaking midnight launch of $18.7 million. That beats $169.2 million set by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows—Part 2 last summer. $80.5 million was earned on Friday (2nd best) which was followed by an estimated $69.7 million on Saturday, a box office record for a Saturday, and another estimated record $50.1 million on Sunday, which would break the record held by The Dark Knight of $43.6 million.
Overseas the movie earned an estimated $151.5 million this weekend, bringing its 12-day total outside North America to $441.5. It’s worldwide earnings is now $641.8 million.
The movie looked to appeal to men and women, young and old going into it’s opening and the numbers prove it. The movie was a 50/50 split between those older and younger that 25. Men dominated making up 60% of the audience. 55% of the debut weekend crowd was composed of couples, with families making up 21% and teens a solid 21% as well.
The movie has a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has an A+ rating from audiences so expect it to have legs as word of mouth sends more people into the theaters to see what the hype was about.
Updated: The amount earned is actually $207.4 million instead of the initially reported estimated $200.3 million