Saturday, May 19, 2012

Audiences Continue to Assemble for ‘The Avengers’

Peter Berg’s ill-conceived board game adaptation Battleship might be threatening the world’s collective intelligence this weekend, but it’s doing little to threaten Marvel’s The Avengers as the reigning box office champion of 2012. reports that Joss Whedon’s superhero team-up flick has attained more than $1.07 billion globally, combining a $402 million domestic take and a $668.7 million international box office.

It’s a little early to say whether The Avengers will challenge James Cameron’s Avatar as the highest-grossing film of all time, especially considering the multitude of big-budget blockbusters still on the horizon this summer. The film will likely be facing some stiff competition in Men in Black III (May 25), Prometheus (June 1), The Dark Knight Rises (July 20) and, of course, Marvel’s resident web-slinger in The Amazing Spider-Man (July 3). Regardless of whether The Avengers’ box office domination continues, its success is proof positive that audiences are hungry for the further adventures of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

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