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Cobie Smulders: Maria Hill, The Avengers Early estimates had The Avengers‘ box office grosses pegged at about $70m in North America on Friday, including $18.7m from Thursday midnight screenings. Official studio estimates, however, have the superhero movie earning $80.5m on Friday — the second highest opening-day take ever. It turns out The Avengers has far surpassed the two Kristen Stewart / Robert Pattinson / Taylor Lautner movies on the top-five list, The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($72.7m) and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 ($71.64m). But David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 remains the undisputed opening-day box-office record holder, having grossed $91.07m on its first day out in summer 2011. (Note that unlike Deathly Hallows 2 and The Avengers, the two Twilight movies did not have the advantage of box-office-boosting 3D surcharges.) The Avengers did, however, officially break one box-office record: best single-day not including midnight screenings. »

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