Breaking all existing records for a three-day opening weekend, THE AVENGERS took in an estimated $200.5 M, making it far-and-away the box office champ. In the No. 2 position, THINK LIKE A MAN continued to hang tough with $8 M. Coming in third, THE HUNGER GAMES managed a healthy $5.7 M and, rounding out the top five are THE LUCKY ONE ($5.5 M) and PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS ($5.4 M).
Written and directed by JOSS WHEDON, THE AVENGERS features an extensive ensemble cast that includes CHRIS HEMSWORTH, ROBERT DOWNEY JR., SCARLETT JOHANSSON, JEREMY RENNER, CHRIS EVANS, MARK RUFFALO, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, GWYNETH PALTROW and CLARK GREGG. There’s little doubt that it was WHEDON’S deft handling of his source material that made the film such a success and, at the recent press conference to promte the movie, ROBERT DOWNEY JR. sang his praises. ( CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)