Marvel Avengers Assemble continues to reign supreme at the UK box office with a phenomenal take of over £40million to date.
The film has already grossed more than then entire runs of superhero predecessors Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Hulk, Captain America and Thor, with audiences still flocking to see this summer’s most anticipated blockbuster.
The film is also set to cross the $1 billion threshold at the global box office, after only 19 days of release. This is the first Marvel Studios film and the fifth Walt Disney Studios release to reach this important milestone.
The news comes just a week after Marvel Avengers Assemble shattered records with a $207.4 million opening weekend in the US, the biggest domestic debut of all time. The film has now earned an estimated $373.2 million at the US box office and $628.9 million internationally. As one of only 12 films in history to gross $1 billion, it joins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Disney’s list of billion-dollar films.
“We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of The Avengers,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO. “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”
Marvel Avengers Assemble has also set several US box office records including the industry’s all-time second weekend record with an estimated $103.2 million, fastest film to reach $200 million (3 days), fastest to $300 million (in a record 9 days), and highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals. In addition, its opening day of $80.8 million is the second-highest single-day gross of all time. Moviegoers in the US gave the film a rare A+ CinemaScore.
Internationally, Marvel Avengers Assemble began opening April 25 and is the biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. Marvel Avengers Assemble has now opened in all major markets except Japan (August 17).
On May 8, Disney announced that a sequel to Marvel Avengers Assemble was in development, following last month’s announcement that a follow-up to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third instalment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is the eagerly anticipated first Avengers film, bringing together some of Marvel’s most loved superhero characters in the biggest superhero movie in history. Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgård and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon, “Marvel Avengers Assemble” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.
Marvel Avengers Assemble is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film is being produced by Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Louis D’Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham.