London: (ANI) The much hyped super hero epic ‘The Avengers’ has smashed the record for the biggest US opening weekend, by raking in 200 million dollars, according to early figures.The previous best opening weekend record was held by ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’, which opened in July 2011 with 169 million dollars.
The Disney film was titled ‘Marvel Avengers Assemble’ for its UK release, the BBC reported. Included in the top five of biggest openers are ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Spider-Man 3’.The Dark Knight, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader, took ‘158 million dollars in its opening weekend in 2008, while ‘Spider-Man 3’ took 151 million dollars.
The Avengers, directed by Joss Whedon, failed to beat the final Harry Potter“s first day takings record of 91 million dollars but surpassed it over the following two days.
No other big films dared go up against it, with only the British film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ being released on the same day. `The Avengers` has so far raked in 641 million dollars worldwide.