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Avengers Opening Weekend Makes History And Breaks Box Office Records!
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.
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.
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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