Thompson on Hollywood


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]