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Weekend Box Office: 'Avengers' Joins $1 Billion Club After 19 Days UPDATED

Thompson on Hollywood By Brian Fuson | Thompson on Hollywood May 13, 2012 at 12:33PM

Disney’s “The Avengers” boasted the biggest second weekend in box office history with a stunning $103.2 million, down a mild 50% from its debut and bringing the 10 day cume for the Marvel Studios film to an unprecedented $373.2 million domestic and $628.9 million internationally.
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'The Avengers'
'The Avengers'

Disney’s “The Avengers” boasted the biggest second weekend in box office history with a stunning $103.2 million, down a mild 50% from its debut and bringing the 10 day cume for the Marvel Studios film to an unprecedented $373.2 million domestic and $628.9 million internationally. (See top ten weekend chart below.)

The Marvel film will pass the $1 billion worldwide mark May 13, its 19th day in release, the first Marvel and fifth Disney film (along with "Pirates the Caribbean" franchise titles "Dead Man's Chest" and "On Stranger Tides," "Alice in Wonderland," and "Toy Story 3") to pass that global box office mark. It's the fastest film to reach $200 million (three days) and $300 million (nine days).

The only film opening in wide release this weekend was Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated “Dark Shadows,” the latest and eighth collaboration between director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp.  “Dark Shadows” debuted with an estimated $28.8 million from 3,755 locations to place second, which was on the low side of expectations as many observers thought the film would open between $30 million and $35 million. “Shadows” did receive a nice 12% bump from Friday to Saturday.

Thanks to the stellar hold of “Avengers” and the solid opening by “Dark Shadows,” the box office in North America overall was up a robust 54% from the comparable period a year ago. The total for all films this weekend is estimated to be around $172 million.

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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.