How big was "The Avengers" this weekend? Big enough to best the former box-office champ by more than $50 million.
The superhero gang knocked out "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which had claimed the top spot for almost one year.
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The record-shattering numbers for "The Avengers" should make Joss Whedon happy. The director assembled an impressive cast that includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. director.
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"The Avengers," $220.3 million (2012)
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," $169.1 million (2011)
"The Dark Knight," $158.4 million (2008)
"The Hunger Games," $152.5 million (2012)
"Spider-Man 3," $151.1 million (2007)
"The Twilight Saga: New Moon," $142.8 million (2009)
"The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1," $138.1 million (2011)
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest," $135.6 million (2006)
"Iron Man 2," $128.1 million (2010)
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1," $125 million (2010)
Two tickets to "Avengers": $9.00
Large Soda, Large Popcorn and two candies: $10.75
Entertaining Saturday morning with my daughter: Priceless
Dollars is an irrelevant measure of a movies success, since as inflation and arbitrary pricing goes so do dollars, always higher and higher. More relevent would be ticket sales since that represents actual numbers of viewers and would probably change the results.
Average ticket prices
I personally paid $10.50 for a 3D showing ($7.50 for regular matinee) of The Avengers. I wonder what offering the movie in 3D does for your numbers, especially if the ticket is nearly 50% more expensive.