(Written for HeyUGuys)
The Avengers has reached the biggest domestic opening weekend of all time, Disney have announced this week, becoming the fastest film to reach $200 million domestically in just three days.
Also marking the second highest single-day take of all time at $80.8M, following record-breaking days on Saturday ($69.5M) and Sunday ($57M), the film’s 3-day record-breaking opening weekend’s domestic reached at $207.4M with a foreign total at $447.4M, giving a total global gross of $654.8M in 12 days.
Following the film’s success, Disney CEO Bob Iger has also announced that a second instalment is now in the works, confirming that an Avengers sequel is a definite.
Avengers producer Kevin Feige commented that:
“Marvel’s The Avengers is something we’ve been carefully building toward since we began production on the first Iron Man film, and it is quite rewarding for all of us that The Avengers is appealing around the globe to both passionate fans and general audiences alike. It is a testament to all involved with this film that audiences across the board are embracing the film in this record-setting way.”
The film has also set records as 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, and still has to open in Israel (10th May), Poland (11th May), and Japan (17th August).
“Joss Whedon, Kevin Feige and the whole Marvel team have done something really incredible with The Avengers,” said Dave Hollis, EVP, Theatrical Exhibition Sales and Distribution, The Walt Disney Studios. “From the super-talented cast to the spectacular visual effects, it’s a grand slam, and we’re proud to be a part of this history-making film.”
Whilst we can now look forward to an Avengers 2, or in England maybe we’ll get something like Avengers Re-Assemble, we can also get excited for the releases of Iron Man 3 on 3rd May 2013, Thor 2 in November 2013, and Captain America 2 in April 2014.