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The Avengers Cover EW; Their Mighty Powers Still Won't Match B.O. Power of Dark Knight Rises

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood September 29, 2011 at 4:54AM

On newsstands tomorrow, EW's The Avengers issue banks on the star power of not just one, but three existing Marvel superhero franchise movies. Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Thor's Chris Hemsworth, and Captain America's Chris Evans join up with new Hulk Mark Ruffalo to defeat uber-villain Loki (Thor's Tom Hiddleston), who told TOH his powers have increased a thousand-fold. It's the superhero franchise movie to end them all.
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On newsstands tomorrow, EW's The Avengers issue banks on the star power of not just one, but three existing Marvel superhero franchise movies. Iron Man's Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Thor's Chris Hemsworth, and Captain America's Chris Evans join up with new Hulk Mark Ruffalo to defeat uber-villain Loki (Thor's Tom Hiddleston), who told TOH his powers have increased a thousand-fold. It's the superhero franchise movie to end them all.

Except for Warner's The Dark Knight Rises, of course, which is a different class of film. Can the mighty The Avengers team defeat the Batman sequel's box office with a single blow? We say unlikely. On July 20, 2012, The Dark Knight Rises will slaughter The Avengers' (May 4, 2012) weekend opening. Check out the numbers below:

The Avengers' all-star cast got along like a house on fire on set. Director Joss Whedon tells EW: “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that [for the friction in the story]..But they don’t.”

FILM WORLDWIDE GROSS
Batman Begins $368,527,774
The Dark Knight $1,001,945,358
Iron Man $582,443,126
Iron Man 2 $623,561,331
Thor $448,545,572
Captain America $360,843,536
[The-Numbers]

This article is related to: Box Office, Directors, Franchises, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Spring, Chris Nolan, Iron Man, Batman, Action, Christian Bale, Robert Downey, Jr.


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.