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Not too long ago, the record for best opening weekend was held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which managed to pull in $169.2 million. Today, it’s clear that The Avengers has blown it out of the water.
Pulling in more than $200 million in America, this makes it the highest grossing film debut of all time, quite an accomplishment for a movie that had already been available in other parts of the world for almost two weeks. This record follows another record and near-record; the movie pulled in the second highest day take of all time, with $80.5 million, and got the highest Saturday take of all time with $69.7 million.
This puts the movie on roughly $642 million worldwide (so far), which is an amazing number and must make Disney very happy indeed. It makes The Avengers the 55th highest grossing film of all time, larger than the five films that led up to it – combined. With a bit of headwind and enough people coming back to see the movie a second time, this could become the highest earning Disney film of all time and could even surpass The Dark Knight as the highest earning superhero film. Avatar still clings to the title of top earner of all time, sitting on a nice pile of money $2.7 billion dollars high.