So here’s something you didn’t see coming if you were standing in line at your local art house cinema: The Avengers cleaned the clock of the box office this weekend with the biggest opening of all time. Taking in a jaw-dropping $200 million over a single weekend (and it wasn’t even a long weekend!), the film easily smashed the previous record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 which stood at $169.2 million.
After the disaster that was John Carter, you can bet the folks at Disney are breathing heavy sighs of relief that their latest superhero celluloid enterprise went off as well as could possibly be expected. For those who were hoping that this summer’s movie season would be the end of the superhero films that have been flying out of studios in the last five years, guess again: this mega success of The Avengers means we’re looking at at least another three to five years of Robert Downey as Iron Man.
And for those keeping tally, the film has grossed $641.8 million since opening internationally on April 25.