Box Office: The Avengers / The Dark Knight Tossup?

The Avengers director Joss Whedon, Chris Hemsworth Thor The Avengers has broken all opening-weekend box-office records in history. Well, maybe not all. But hyperbole aside, The Avengers has broken the official opening-weekend box-office record in North America. Apparently, by a wide margin. According to studio estimates, the Marvel superhero special-effects-laden ensemble will have taken in an estimated $200.3m before the day is over. Following John Carter, Mars Needs Moms, Cars 2, The Muppets, Tron: Legacy, Secretariat, and other domestic underperformers in the last couple of years, Disney executives must be, to put it mildly, ecstatic. The previous opening-weekend box-office record holder, David Yates / Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, earned $169.2m last summer. Both The Avengers and Deathly Hallows 2 have the advantage of box-office-boosting 3D surcharges: 52% of The Avengers‘ gross came from 3D screenings. That surely helped the Joss Whedon-directed actioner to become (as per Box Office Mojo,
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