Disney’s The Avengers debuted this past weekend in 39 countries overseas and its results were impressive. The ensemble cast movie took in over $185 million and is expected to smash records when it debuts this Friday in the United States and Canada. The movie will have Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man and thrown in for good measure Thor and the Hulk.
When The Avengers take center stage on Friday it will be the culmination of a Hollywood experiment. Four different franchises come together to form one movie. International viewers have given their answer to the movies and it is a resounding yes. The film set records for opening weekends in Brazil and Mexico. In Great Britain the film earned over $24.7 million, which was the largest ever opening for a super-hero movie.
What makes the movie so appealing is its cast of iconic characters said one movie critic leaving the theater. However, if the movie does not have a good story behind it, the weight of all those super hero characters will not let it off the ground, said another
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said, “The Avengers is unprecedented and that is exciting and it also makes it very nerve racking and a bit scary.”
Moviegoers in the U.S. seemed to be waiting anxiously for the movie’s debut, as sales for this weekend in the U.S. were lower than normal. Taking first place in the domestic box office was Think Like a Man for the second consecutive week. The movie earned a respectable $18 million.