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'Avengers' now over $1 billion worldwide

By Tim O'Brien
Posted May 13, 2012 in Entertainment
"Dark Shadows" fails it light up the box office in what could be called a disappointment for some, but, truthfully, it wasn't.
But, there is that film called "The Avengers." Going in to this weekend, it could have lost half its take from the opening and still easily win. Sometimes it is the second weekend out and the percentage of drop that is a key to a film's future. Not so much with this one. It's huge and it is overseas as well. But, it was a weekend which saw its total take grow to over $1 billion (only 11 other films in history have done that). A weekend domestic take at $103.2 million is a record for the second week. It has done all this damage in just 19 days, Disney reports, as does Box Office Mojo.
The dismal outing for the latest Tim Burton/Johnny Depp vehicle chose camp over creepy but realized it had both. One may wonder if the dashing Depp is losing his appeal. However, one may want to look deeper and think it may be the fact that Depp has fallen in love with all that make-up. There is no need to list the movies in which he dons what seems to be the same look. No, just look ahead and see his Tonto character and get ready for yet another one.
Let us not forget the climb of "The Hunger Games." It now sits at No. 13 of the top ten films of all-time (domestically). On that note, four films that are still playing in theaters (albeit for two, the second go around) and are still adding to their box office. "Titanic" and "Star Wars: Episode 1 - The Phantom Menace" are still playing in 3D in many places throughout the country. The other, of course, is "Hunger Games." Now, with "The Avengers," make room for another as it ascends the list. It is 12th all-time worldwide an No. 18 domestically.
On top of the heap once again this weekend (May 11-13) is "The Avengers" and then it's "Dark Shadows." "Think Like a Man" continues to hang in and did have two weeks alone at the top.
1. "Avatar"- $2,782.3
2. "Titanic" - $2,175.9
3. "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" - $1,328.1
4. "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" - $1,123.7
5. "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" - $1,119.9
6. "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest" - $1,066.2
7. "Toy Story 3" - $1,063.2
8. "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" - $1,043.9
9. "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace" $1,026.3
10. "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) - $1,024.3
11. "Marvel's The Avengers" - $1,002.1
12. "The Dark Knight" - $1,001.9

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