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article image'Avengers' just short of 'Hunger Games' at midnight box office

By Tim O'Brien     May 4, 2012 in Entertainment
It wasn't the biggest midnight showing but it was as far as superheroes are concerned. "The Avengers" took in an estimated $18.7 million in those midnight showings, says Deadline.com.
Meanwhile, Box Office Mojo also reports that the film is tracking very well and it has the seventh highest theater count opening ever with 4,359. Overseas, it has been breaking records and is over $300 million already.
Here is a list of the widest openings (theater counts):
1. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse," 4,468
2. "Iron Man, 2," 4,380
3. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," 4,375
4. "The Dark Knight," 4,366
5. "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," 4,362
6. "Shrek Forever After," 4,359
7. "Marvel's The Avengers," 4,349
8. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," 4,325
9. "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," 4,285
10. "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," 4,260
As for the best midnight showing, here is that list. "The Avengers" while it sits on top for super heroes, is now right behind "The Hunger Games."
1. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($43.5 million)
2. "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1" ($30.3 million)
3. "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" ($30.1 million)
4. "The Twilight Sage: New Moon" ($26.3 million)
5. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1" ($24 million)
6. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" ($22.2 million)
7. "The Hunger Games" ($19.7 million)
8. "The Avengers" ($18.7 million)
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