‘Avengers’ Already A Smash Overseas

Superhero movie, due Stateside in early May, is already breaking records in foreign markets.
By Kevin P. Sullivan

Chris Evans as Captain America In “The Avengers”

Photo: Walt Disney Studios

The Avengers have already started to assemble overseas, and early box-office reports are spelling very good things for Marvel’s tentpole. The superhero movie that brings together Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk has reportedly made $12.5 million in a handful of foreign markets and is already breaking records, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In Australia, “The Avengers” has already banked $7 million, a total that has only been beaten by “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2,” which earned $8 million during its Down Under debut.

The foreign rollout has proven lucrative elsewhere, too, as France added $3 million to the total.

Early tracking estimated that “The Avengers” could make more than $150 million during its early May opening weekend in the U.S. That would put the film in the same class as “Spider-Man 3,” “The Hunger Games,” “The Dark Knight” and “Deathly Hallows, Part 2.”

This could potentially mean the biggest debut for a Marvel Studios movie yet. “Iron Man 2” currently holds that honor. The Robert Downey Jr. sequel opened to $128 million back in 2010. That’s followed by the first “Iron Man” at $98 million.

“The Avengers” has the added advantage of higher ticket prices. The film is playing both in 3-D and in IMAX 3-D, so each individual ticket will add more to the final total. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2” saw a large bump in its record-breaking run thanks in part to higher prices attached to 3-D showings.

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