LOS ANGELES — “The Avengers” saga lived up to its name with overseas ticket sales of $178.4 million days prior to opening in the U.S. The blockbuster will open in United States theaters Friday after its launch in 39 other countries.
The colossal launch overseas, will help spur the frenzy already anticipated by American audiences. The super hero saga of Marvel Comics cast includes Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johannson, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth.
Dave Hollis – head of distribution for Disney – says that he hopes that the magnitude of the overseas opening sales indicates that this film is for everyone from 8 to 80.
The Sony Screen comedy “Think Like A Man” was No. 1 in the U.S. for two-weekends in a row with $18 million in ticket sales.
The No. 2 spot was shared by four movies, making in the range of $11 Million: “The Pirates! Band of Misfits” – Sony’s animated comedy, made $11.4 million;“The Lucky One” – Warner Bros. Romantic comedy, made $11.3 million;“The Hunger Games” – Lionsgate’s blockbuster, made $11.25 million;and “The Five-Year Engagement” – Universal’s romantic comedy brought in $11.2 million.
Ticket sales for these four movies were close so that their Sunday rankings may change when all final weekend numbers are released.
Paul Dergarabedian, analyst for the movie tracker Hollywood.com said that there was so much anticipation leading up to the release of The ‘Avengers’ that other new movies were lost in the shuffle.