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Avengers Opening Weekend Makes History And Breaks Box Office Records!

Updated on May 7, 2012
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About a week ago, the debate about whether Disney/Marvel Studios Avengers movie would break the box office opening weekend of $169 million for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2. Many analysts predicted it would. A few others left it open-ended.

The Avengers movie did more than that during it's opening weekend. It went well past $169 million, raking in $207 million domestically. Marvel's Avengers movie has also been crowned the #1 spot for the highest Saturday gross of all time! It raked in a whopping $69.7 million this Saturday alone.

Now that this movie has done what many predicted it would, it seems a few new debates and questions has arisen from the wake of the Avengers' opening weekend success. Here are some of the questions that have been buzzing around lately.

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Will It Beat Out Nolan's The Dark Knight

If we're talking about the most successful box office smash hit for any comic book movie, The Dark Knight is number one. Sure the Avengers movie has already beat out The Dark Knight's domestic and global opening weekend records, but does the Avengers have longevity?

The Dark Knight grossed over a billion dollars worldwide in theaters! Many critics are wondering if The Avengers will do the same.

There are optimists who say the movie will break The Dark Knight's over-all theater performance. Box Office Guru editor Gitesh Pandya projects The Avengers will be the fastest film in history to reach the $1 billion global box-office mark in about 20 days or so.

Some say no! Some say that despite the Avengers amazing opening weekend, the movie will have a sizable drop it's second week in theaters.This prediction is normal for most summer block busters, but is The Avengers normal?

After all, we are talking about a film that has given comic book fans and the movie world something that's unprecedented, that's never been seen before. We've never seen tier 1 comic characters from different comic titles all cross over and inhabit the big screen together.

Who would've ever thought to put The Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor in the same flick and think it could work? Okay, I didn't include Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Hawkeye in there because, in truth, they're not tier 1 characters. They're tier 2 comic characters.

Sure, us comic fans thought the idea would've been cool, but most have to honestly say that it would've been nearly impossible to make work. Actually, whether or not having that many heroes in a comic flick would've been over-kill was a pretty hot concern in the past.

The reviews and word of mouth have confirmed that Marvel and Disney seemingly made the impossible work. They also proved that comic book movies don't have to be dark in order for them to work on screen.

The Avengers has already grossed $641.8-million worldwide, and sold out the seats in many IMAX theaters. The word of mouth on this picture has been excellent, and I do not project a sizable drop it's second week in theaters like some experts are predicting.

While they disagree on whether this movie will or wont, they all agree that it will depend on how many times people will go to see The Avengers more than once. I know for a fact that I will be one of those people seeing the Avengers more than once.

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The Avengers Time At The Top Wont Last Long!

The Avengers may have broke some box office records for now, but how long will they remain with the titles? Quite a few are suggesting that the Avengers wont hold it for very long.

Remember, hot on the Avengers movie heels is Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises that's soon to open domestically in theaters July 20th. Just like the Avengers, there's a lot of excitement buzzing around The Dark Knight Rises. Many are extremely curious to see how Nolan's trilogy ends with The Dark Knight Rises.

Many critics, fans, and analysts predict The Dark Knight Rises will break box office records. It's a pretty logical prediction because Christopher Nolan's two previous successes, especially The Dark Knight!

However, I should bring up the fact that the new Batman movie will not feature his number one nemesis The Joker! Instead, Bane and Catwoman will be the villains, and although they are really cool characters, both of them together do not add up popularity and villainy of The Joker.

I'm sure we will be surprised, though. Chris Nolan gave us a fresh take on The Joker, and I'm sure he will do the same for Bane and Catwoman, played by Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway.

It should be noted that The Dark Knight was not available in 3-D or IMAX 3-D when the movie first opened. If it had been, there's no doubt the movie's gross would've been a lot more!

My Final Thoughts!

Whether or not The Avengers trumps The Dark Knight's world wide 1 billion dollar gross or Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises trumps The Avengers box office records two months from now, both of these movies will heat up this summer!

Do we really care? Not really! Well, maybe some comic fans do. Those who hold allegiances to either DC or Marvel will surely bicker about which movie will trump which and how Nolan's Batman will forever be the #1 comic book movie of all time...blah blah blah blah blah!

Honestly, do I care which movie trumps which movie? It's not like I receive any of the box office receipts.

All that really matters is that people enjoy them. Walking out after a movie and feeling just as excited when you first walked in is what it's about for me. Maybe for you, too.

I have no doubt that both movies are gonna give the audience a thrilling ride, an awesome ride that will be the topic of discussion for quite some time. I sure hope so and know so.

Everyone knows the Avengers epic is not at it's end, but it's beginning. Robert Downey Jr. will reprise the role of Tony Stark in Iron Man 3, and the movie has already begun filming. Also Chris Hemsworth will return in Thor 2 that will also hit the screen in 2013.

A year after those two releases, Chris Evans Captain America sequel is slated for release in 2014. An Avengers sequel is pretty much a sure shot. Be sure to visit my other hub on Marvel Movies Coming Soon to see what plans and rumors are being talked about for upcoming comic book movies.

Both Avengers director Joss Whedon and Chris Nolan's Batman franchise has raised and set the bar on comic book movies forever. For that, both deserve acknowledgement and respect.

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      Hannah 2 years ago

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      Cristian 2 years ago

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Hiya becaas90...I was waiting for someone to mention inflation at the box office and the price of tickets going up. However, judging that the Avengers broke a billion dollars not even after 2 weeks of being at the box office is still a pretty sizable achievement regardless of inflation prices or not.

      Avatar still holds the record of 2.2 billion dollars at the box office. Thanks for dropping by and commenting!

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      beccas90 5 years ago from New York

      I enjoyed this hub and I enjoyed the movie. The box office receipts though are somewhat a poor measure given that movie ticket prices keep going up then obviously a more recent blockbuster film will nearly always bring in more than a blockbuster of a few years ago.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Heya Holden SK, I expected it to break The Dark Knight worldwide gross, and it seems it will. The Avengers has already hit the billion dollar mark worldwide only in it's 2nd week at the box office domestically.

      Glad you liked the hub and thanks for stopping by!

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      HoldenSK 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I really expected it to break box office records, I loved this movie! Great hub by the way :)

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Hey there rahul, I agree it gets kinda tiring to hear about which movie is going to make more money than which. As for the Dark Knight Rises, I'm expecting a lot from this movie like you are and that can be dangerous.

      The bar is set pretty high with The Dark Knight with me, and I'm not that confident in the villains in the Dark Knight Rises, but I am excited to see how Nolan wraps up this finale.

      @Ironman, I have the same concerns about Bane, but even more so with Hathaway as Catwoman. I'm already skeptical that her version of the villainous feline wont impress me, as I've noted my disdain for all the previous movie versions of her character.

      I'm not a huge DC fan, but I do love and follow certain characters...Catwoman and the Batman universe being one...if her character is portrayed poorly one more time on the big screen...you'll be sure to hear a hub ranting about it.

      Thanks to both of you for stopping by and jumping in on the convo...always appreciated!

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      Ironman1992 5 years ago

      The Avengers has made a lot of money and will be tough to beat. I'm not really anticipating the new batman movie, because of Christopher Nolan's version of Bane, which does not stay true to the comic books, though the dark knight rises will likely make a lot of movie due to the fame of the previous movie.

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      Jessee R 5 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      Hi there Amigo! It had to.... I was lucky for it ya knoe...first to enter the halls at 8 in the mornin on 27th :)... Fanatacism... it can get you sometimes hehe!!

      I expect more from the Dark Knight but I cannot really comapare the two on similar platforms... both may be Superhero flicks but they have a different Genre... don't you think..

      Well a great hub! Now... Me, the fanatic waits for July.. for Gotham to fall and for the Dark Knight to rise...(ooh! m gettin poetic)

      Amid all this... Spiderman I think has been lost somewhere...:)

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Hello emilybee...thanks for dropping by and commenting. I guess the Avengers isn't for everyone, but I'm glad if the movie was at least entertaining for you. Thanks for the votes!

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      I saw the movie last night and although it's not really my type of movie, it wasn't bad. I was somewhat dragged to see Iron Man and Captain America with that real hunk in it :) This one wasn't bad. Great hub! Votes.

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      rabbit75 5 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by Christy and yes the movie is a huge success so far. I'm looking forward to seeing both Iron Man and The Hulk.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Wow the movie opened in a huge way! The part of the movie I want to see is Iron Man's role. Good hub, thanks!