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The Avengers Breaks US Box Office Record
Superhero film The Avengers has broken box office records in its opening weekend in the US.
The Marvel ensemble movie took $200m (£123m) following its release in North America on Friday, according to early figures.
It smashes the previous box office record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2.
The final film in the wizard franchise made $169.2m (£104m) when it was released last July.
Marvel Avengers Assemble features not one, but five superheroes.
Captain America, Black Widow, Thor, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk join forces to help save the Earth from evil Loki and his army.
Directed by Joss Whedon, it features an all-star cast including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L Jackson.
Made by Disney, the film has earned more than $641m (£396m) since it opened internationally on April 25.
In response to the figures, Dave Hollis, Disney's head of distribution, said: "There aren't even words, to be honest.
"I'm running low on double takes. Every time we looked at a number, it just got bigger than what we could have hoped for in the best-case assumption.
"With this film, this weekend, anything is possible."
Other movies in the top five biggest openers include The Dark Knight and Spiderman 3.
Both superheroes will be return to the big screen this summer.
what do you think?
The film industry is less and less human. It's all superheroes, aliens, vampires and cyborgs nowadays. Don't like it much.
no no no there just the popular box office smashing films that make film what it is today, exciting edge of your seat stuff. Make believe worlds and amazing CGI. But you forget about films like Water for elephants, True grit, no counttry for old men, and Black Swan because you felt like having a rant. :)
if you want to see humans, look out a window
David Rhys Price
Saw it yesterday. Excellent film : !
Brillant loved every minute of the film
Who cares if its less human. The current theme of vampires/superheroes etc will pass, as it always does. Most films are based on fiction, or over-exaggeration of the truth. As long as people enjoy it, bring it on!
im not suprised. all the chicks on tumblr have been going nuts for this.