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'Avengers' in super company with these box-office giants

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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.

Here are the top 10 Hollywood heavyweights of all time, according to Box Office Mojo:
"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)

May 7, 2012 5:40AM

Two tickets to "Avengers": $9.00

Large Soda, Large Popcorn and two candies: $10.75

Entertaining Saturday morning with my daughter: Priceless

May 7, 2012 5:41AM
Box office records mean nothing!  If you really want to rate the success of a movie, why not list it's success by the number of tickets sold?  If 3 people see a movie at $10 apiece, and 2 see a movie for $20 apiece, which movie reached more people?  Box office records will continue to be broken due to the increases in ticket prices, not sales.  I think that the amount of tickets sold is a more important number than the dollars brought in.  At least it is from the viewers standpoint.  Who cares how much money a movie makes?  Well, besides the bean counters in Hollywood.
May 7, 2012 9:17AM

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.

May 7, 2012 2:34AM
Wish they would tell us how many people have gone to these opening weekends.  The dollar amounts don't say much considering they have all been in the past six years while the price of a ticket has escalated.  I remember when Star Wars and Indiana Jones were at the top.  What about Titanic?  Of course the dollar value of those tickets was about 1/2 to 3/4 of what tickets cost now.
May 7, 2012 5:45AM

Average ticket prices


1980: $2.69

1990: $4.22

2000: $5.39

2010: $7.89


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. 

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