‘The Avengers’ Beats Out ‘Harry Potter’ With Biggest Opening Weekend of All Time

By: Gabrielle Chung / May 6, 2012

Scarlett on ‘Avengers’
Scarlett Johansson suits up to film ‘Avengers.'
Sorry, Potter fans! There’s a new champ at the box office.

The Avengers reportedly raked in a whopping $200.3 million since its Friday debut. This record-breaking number Hulk smashed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2’s previous record of a $169.1 million opening weekend at the US box office.

What other movies has it knocked out?

The Marvel flick’s big weekend also surpassed The Dark Knight’s $158.4 million opening and recent inductee The Hunger Games’ $152.5 million debut. Both flicks now sit at third and fourth place respectively for the biggest opening weekend in history.

The Avengers, starring Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr., and Chris Evans, grossed a cool $18.7 million in midnight screenings alone before hitting gold with a $80.5 million Friday and $69.7 million Saturday.

The film is projected to make another $50.1 million on Sunday.

Overall, the movie grossed an estimated $641.8 million worldwide. It also broke records for the biggest opening weekend in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The film’s success comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger, which will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer’s Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, while the third installment of the hit Iron Man series will arrive hit theaters May 3, 2013.

For now, many look to the Christopher Nolan-helmed The Dark Knight Rises as the next contender for box office domination. The film, based on DC Comics successful Batman series, is due out July 20.

Did you go see The Avengers this weekend? Let us know in the comments.

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