‘Avengers’: $400M In 14 Days Sets New Domestic Speed Record; #6 All Time Highest Grossing Film

Marvel’s The Avengers on Thursday set a new domestic speed record, reaching the $400M box office threshold in 14 days. Worldwide, it has passed Toy Story 3 and Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest to become the #6 highest-grossing film of all time and the highest grossing Disney release ever. Internationally it is the #9 highest-grossing film of all time.

The Avengers’ cumulative performance to date: International box office $668.7M and Domestic $402M for Global $1,070.7M.

Additional highlights to date:

· Fastest film to reach $350M (10 days), $300M (9 days), $250M (6 days), $200M (3 days), $150M (3 days) and $100M (2 days) at domestic box office.

· Disney’s fifth release to cross the billion dollar global box office threshold.

· Biggest domestic opening of all time ($207.4M).

· Biggest domestic second weekend of all time ($103M).

· Highest-grossing domestic film of 2012, passing The Hunger Games in just 12 days of release, and is now the 12th highest grossing domestic release of all-time.

· Highest domestic Saturday tally ($69.5M).

· Highest domestic Sunday tally ($57M).

· Second-highest domestic single-day tally ($80.8M).

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Comments (30)

  • I thought that The Dark Knight would be the biggest moneymaker of the year. At this rate it’s going to be awfully difficult to match much less surpass The Avengers that could even topple Avatar

    Comment by Dan S — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 8:26am PDT  
  • I have a hard time believing that Avengers can topple Avatar or Titanic when both of those films benefitted greatly from the smooth sailing through dump months in the spring. One of Titanic’s biggest competitors was The Man In The Iron Mask for goodness sake. Avatar was dealing with WGA-strike era garbage that was so bad they dumped it in spring 2010. Avengers has to take on new summer blockbusters every week.

    Comment by Nobody — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 8:42am PDT  
    • Avengers has at least another week to itself if Battleship flops, the next month of big movies is Men in Black 3 on the 25th, Snow White on the 1st, and Prometheus on the 8th which is rated R so won’t be as big for the teens. Nothing else big until the 22nd when Brave and Abe Lincoln Vampire Hunter come out. There’s a lot of space in there for Avengers to keep turning.

      Comment by Josh — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 7:27pm PDT  
  • Purely anecdotal I know, but I Saw Avengers last night at the 8:15 show. It was PACKED. I couldn’t believe how crowded it was for a Thursday evening.

    Comment by hoya — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 8:47am PDT  
  • No way The Avengers will/could topple AVATAR but it will make it’s mark at #3!

    Comment by The Ridges (Special Edition) DVD — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 8:49am PDT  
  • the avengers took (2 days) to 100m, (2 days) to 150 m, (3 days) to 200 m, (6 days) to 250 m, (9 days) to 300 m, (10 days) to 350m, and (14 days) to 400m. that is amazing. I think no other movie will do that this summer or even this year. I knew that the Avengers will be big. It has a great cast,great story, lots of action,and great characters.

    Comment by jeffrey — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 8:53am PDT  
  • Maybe I’m not getting something here: The film’s opening weekend was a three-day opening and not a five-day opening, correct? If so, why do you list the record for passing $200 mil. at five days? It did $207.4 on its opening weekend, which you even wrote in your article, so I’m confused as to why you say it took five-days to cross the $200 mil. threshhold. Like I said, maybe I’m missing something.

    Comment by Marc — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:03am PDT  
  • Congrats whedon! Happy to say I knew you when, and proud to have been a part of your wonderful career the last fifteen years (as a mega fan that is). I feel like my best friend just won the lottery finally!

    Comment by Whedondisciple — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:27am PDT  
  • Nikki can you please start reporting the number of tickets sold?

    That is the only statistic that means anything. Ticket prices have gone up so much so fast that it’s meaningless to compare box office gross to previous movies. Only the number of tickets sold counts the same way best seller book lists are based on numbers of books sold.

    Comment by Anonymous — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:36am PDT  
    • Investors don’t care about # of tickets sold. They care about how much money they make. It’s easy to find adjusted for inflation comparisons online.

      Comment by Nick — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 10:02am PDT  
    • To you it might and I get your point but clearly what matters in Hollywood is the amount of money a movie makes. I don’t think they make ticket sales as readily available but I know it sold 25-26 million that first weekend. For comparison, The Dark Knight sold 22 million or so its first weekend.

      Comment by llama — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 10:22am PDT  
    • You have to see which stat they are using. There is a gross stat and then there is one adjusted for inflation. After you adjust for inflation Gone With the Wind is highest gross.

      Comment by Anonymous — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 11:32am PDT  
  • Great cast, great story, massively popular with fans and critics. “Four strikes and you’re out; we’ll make due with honoring art house crap like The Master that’ll make 50 cents at the box office.” Academy of Motion Picture Farts and Biases.

    Comment by PaulH — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 9:42am PDT  
    • What’s wrong with art house movies? You think that’s crap? I’m sure the OMG AMAZING BOOM BOOM HULK SMASH CARS DESTROYED HULK HULK BOOOOOOM movie is much, much better than most art house movies… yeah.

      Comment by Matthew M. — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 10:50am PDT  
  • This is especially true in the case of Avengers, whose gross has been goosed by 3D ticket sales from some 3/4 of its 4,000+ screens (an advantage TDKR won’t have). Where does Avengers rank in terms of tickets sold?

    Comment by Anonymous — Friday May 18, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT  
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