Avengers Assemble (known as The Avengers in every other country) has had some inter-dimensional hype for a lot of the last year, and it has finally made its expected impact on the box office. It took $178.4 million in ticket sales before the US release.
We were expecting it and we’re still speechless.
Joss Whedon‘s blockbuster features several comic book heroes from Marvel franchises, who team up against a deadly enemy. From Black Widow to Iron Man, Thor to Captain America. Clearly the combination of Robert Downey Jr, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston and Scarlett Johansson is just too much for fans to wait patiently for.
The film also took £15.8 million at the UK weekend box office, which places it securely as the biggest UK opening for a superhero movie ever. If you want to put this into perspective, the entire box office runs of The Hulk, Captain America and Thor were £8.29 million, £9.5 million and £14.05 million respectively.
To take more than all of these in a few days is astounding.
Avengers Assemble is also the second highest four-day weekend ever, only behind Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Potter number five made £16.5 million in the opening four-day weekend back in 2007.
Worldwide the story has been much the same. Avengers Assemble has début in the top spot of 39 countries, including Brazil, Argentina, New Zealand, and Hong Kong totalling almost $180 million.
The head of distribution at Disney, Dave Hollis is certainly pleased. He puts the success down to the film being universally appealing for everyone.
“You can’t put up these kinds of numbers if it’s just for guys or just for the fans. These numbers say that it is for everyone, eight to 80.”
One thing is for sure: a sequel is inevitable.
See our review here.