Hollywood blockbuster ‘The Avengers’ has officially overtaken ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II’ to become the third biggest grosser of all time at the worldwide box office. The superhero film achieved this landmark as it earned a USD 1.331 billion to trump over the Harry Potter franchise’s USD 1.328 billion.
The biggest blockbuster of all time is ‘Avatar’ with collections more than USD 2.8 billion. Number two slot is held by ‘Titanic’ with USD 2.185 billion. ‘The Avengers’ was released in April and it received USD 392.5 million opening worldwide. Within 19 days it matched the record for speed previously set by ‘Avatar’ and ‘Deathly Hallows’ in 2009 and 2011 respectively.
With these encouraging numbers ‘The Avengers’ has toppled ‘The Hunger Games’ from the number one hit of 2012 spot. Domestically, ‘The Avengers’ also reached a milestone on Friday, June 1 by surpassing ‘The Dark Knight’ to become the third top grossing film of all time with a collection of USD 538.1 million. The Batman film earned USD 533 million domestically.
Hollywood actor Chris Hemsworth who is basking in glory of ‘The Avengers’ super success has named his new-born daughter after the name of an East Asian country, India. This name was suggested by his wife and actress Elsa Pataky who seems to like the word India.
The news of the baby’s birth broke on Saturday, while the “Avengers” actor was in London promoting his other big release “Snow White and The Huntsman.”
The actor said, “It was just a name we liked, I always kind of liked Indie or Indiana for a boy and she liked India.
Hollywood has hit the purple patch with ‘The Avengers’ smashing all records. The superhero movie made a killing at the box office by piling up $ 1 billion in just 19 days. Last week the move raked in 103.2 million to lead for a second-straight weekend and increased its US collections to $373.2 million.
With $95.4 million more overseas, “The Avengers” recorded its international collections at $628.9 million and a worldwide haul of just over $1 billion. If ‘The Avengers’ successfully maintains its winning streak at the box office it will easily surpass ‘The Hunger Games’ which minted $ 386.9 million at the box office in the US this year.
‘The Avengers’ had an unhindered run at the box office as Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire saga “Dark Shadows,” remained at the distant second spot with $ 28.2 million as total receipt in its debut weekend.
Other three top earning films in the US were “Think Like a Man,” “The Hunger Games” and “The Lucky One’ which collected $ 6.3 million, $ 4.4 million and $ 4.1 million respectively at the box office.
Stunning collections registered by “The Avengers” movie has prompted the Walt Disney Co. to plan out a sequel of the movie and make sure that the crime-fighting Marvel superhero team gets a return date to theaters soon.
Although no release date is fixed yet but the Disney Executive Bob Iger has informed the media that the second “Avengers” movie will follow a previously announced “Thor” and “Iron Man” sequels coming in 2013 and a new “Captain America” movie in 2014.
‘The Avengers’ opened in the US last week and made a whopping $207.4 million from U.S. and Canadian theaters over the weekend, the biggest opening in film history. The film was released a week prior to North America release and as per the last reports came in the movie has already amassed $702.2 million at the box office.
The success of “The Avengers” is rewriting the history of movie merchandise sales in the US. The products are already sold out and the Disney marketing team is pulling out all stops to ensure smooth supply of merchandise at the stores.
“We expect, given the interest in this film, that demand for its product is going continue to be strong pretty much throughout the year,” Iger said.
Iger also highlighted Disney’s plan to make parks and resorts to incorporate Marvel into the company’s theme parks, beyond Walt Disney World in Orlando where Universal Studios holds the rights to the characters.
Analysts believe that the success of ‘ The Avengers’ has not only created box office history but also saved Disney’s stock on the Wall Street. Disney went through a series of downgrades when its ambitious project ‘John Carter’ which bombed at the box office unsettling the finances of the company. Now the success of ‘Avengers’ has brought back the Disney stock in reckoning.