The Avengers challenged box office darling Johnny Depp this past weekend and sent the centuries-old Barnabas Collins straight back to his grave.
Powered by an “A+” CinemaScore and coming off a record-breaking $207.4 million opening weekend, The Avengers assembled another record weekend frame by becoming the first film to top $100 million on its second go-around. The $103.2 million Friday through Sunday tally brings the Marvel Comics and Disney feature’s 10-day domestic total to a staggering $373.2 million.
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s Dark Shadows landed softly in second place with a disappointing $28.2 million bow. It was originally tracking in the $30 to $35 million range in the shadow of The Avengers and ultimately succumbed to massive demand for Marvel’s superhero juggernaut. Unfortunately for Warner Bros., Dark Shadows opened much closer to the dynamic duo’s Sleepy Hollow ($30.1 million) than their last outing, Disney’s Alice in Wonderland ($116.1 million).
Think Like a Man took third place with $6.3 million in its third weekend. With $81.9 million already in the bank, look for the comedy to touch $100 million before its box office run burns out.
Lionsgate continues to rake in cash with The Hunger Games, adding another $4.4 million to the pot of $386.9 million and growing by the day. $400 million should reached by next weekend, around the time Marvel’s The Avengers cracks the $500 million domestic earnings plateau.
Capping the top five is The Lucky One with $4.1 million, bringing its gross earnings to $53.7 million.
The rest of the top five fall into line as follows:
6. The Pirates! Band of Misfits (Sony) $3.2 million (-41.8%) $23.1 million to date
7. The Five-Year Engagement (Universal) $3.1 million (-38.4%) $24.4 million to date
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox Searchlight) $2.7 million (+259%) $3.7 million to date
9. Chimpanzee (Buena Vista) $1.6 million (-34.6%) $25.6 million to date
10. Girl in Progress (Lionsgate) $1.4 million (new)
Universal’s Battleship will attempt to sink The Avengers next weekend, but not before Paramount’s The Dictator gets a head start on landing in America on Wednesday. Also joining the fray and facing off against Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man and Thor is Lionsgate’s comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting. I expect The Avengers to give Battleship a run for its money and come out on top yet again.