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May 07 2012

$207.4 million! - the official US opening weekend gross for The Avengers. Yesterday it was estimated that it would be $200.3 million.

Bah! Simon beat me while I was typing my post! Curses!

As for the total, I knew it would be more than estimates. Congrats to Joss, Feige, cast, crew, Marvel and everyone who had a hand in this movie.

PS. I liked the tag I put in my post. :(
$25 of that is my four times.
$25 for FOUR times?! Ihat's my one 2D and one 3D!
I've paid about 21 to see it three times in 2D. So I can account for that in the very large international tally chart.
Haha, exactly the same thing here, an0nymouz.
$89 of that was my wife and I. 4 for me, 3 for her. 2D twice, 3D once, IMAX 3D once.
But how many times did the Pentagon see it?
I'm curious what kind of box office numbers it'll take to make Walt Disney (or Paramont? Hard to keep track of who's in charge) jump up and say, 'START THE SEQUEL....NOW!!!"?
My parties spent $129 3@midnight IMAX, 2@realD on Friday night (after which my SO proposed!), &4@IMAX Saturday night. & when the kids come over Tuesday night, we'll be 4@either 2D or realD
There's an independent theater within walking distance whose matinees are $4.75, so I could see two matinees there for the price or less than the price of one elsewhere.
Four times? Makes me look like a slacker because I saw it once on 3-D. I'll catch up, or at least see it again this month. In any case, when it hits a billion, mission accomplished, and Joss can start on Captain America II and have Drew Goddard handle the Black Widow movie (you know, spread the wealth).
I spent US$22, one IMAX3D and one 2D. I want to see it again next week. I hope they announce the DVD/Blu-ray release soon.
26 euros well spent.

A billion worldwide is a pretty much certainty now. Getting 1.35B and taking the third all time worldwide place (after Avatar and Titanic) is quite possible too :)

[ edited by Lince on 2012-05-07 21:18 ]
harvey chin, Disney is in charge through their subsidiary, Marvel. Paramount gets a credit and 8% of the gross for doing nothing because they allowed Disney to take over the movies when they bought Marvel. Pretty sure they get their 8% cut on the next 2 films (IM3 and Thor2) as well.

Someone (gossi) will correct me if I'm wrong on any of that. :)

[ edited by IrrationaliTV on 2012-05-07 21:23 ]
Just IM3, I believe, IrrationiTV. Edit: bwahaha.

And I'd imagine they are already thinking Avengers 2. I kinda hope joss doesn't do it as there's only one direction for the box office to go from here, methinks.

[ edited by gossi on 2012-05-07 21:24 ]
I went today and added my $3 to the total. Just goes to show, give Joss a little money to play with and he makes magic.
gossi, 4 days ago all the experts were saying the box office *might* have a chance at matching HP for the top spot. Cut to now. I don't think we can say right now which direction Avengers 2 box office will go.

Paramount gets $115M for Avengers and IM3 split in 2 payments on release of each, or 8% of Avengers and 9% of IM3 gross, whichever is greater.

[ edited by danregal on 2012-05-07 21:35 ]
I only had time to see it once, but I'm going back soon.
Okay, admission time. I demanded my money back, so the WW BO is 18 less than it could have been....

I booked online for a midnight showing last Saturday. The weather was terrible and I drove into a flood and petrol engines really don't like ingesting water. So I never made it to the cinema that night. Got to see it the next day but emailed the chain and explained what had happened and they were nice enough to give me a refund for the original booking.

So Joss, if you were due a huge bonus if the WW take hit $447,400,025 by Sunday then sorry. My bad.

[ edited by zz9 on 2012-05-07 21:40 ]
I paid four quid for my ticket.
Was it a mewling quid?
I've seen it twice now - both times in UltraAVX (Real) 3D, so $36 altogether - but reserved seats meant no standing in line, which made it worth it to me!

The first time at midnight the crowd was laughing so loud at times that I missed the next line. They cheered and clapped several times throughout and at the end. Sunday afternoon's crowd was different, maybe because there were children in the audience. I'm not sure if that was the reason but most people didn't laugh out loud until about halfway through. They did seem to really like it though. And I noticed on the way out that of the 16 showings for the day, 10 were sold out and three that were not were the last shows of the day so I imagine they probably were sold out by show time.
$34 for my RPX midnight showing and the IMAX showing the next day.

3 of us were at the RPX ($16) and 4 at the IMAX ($18), so $120 so far here. I think I'll do RPX one more time and a 2D viewing.
I am dizzy with happiness over the success of this movie. It has been a long time since I left a movie theatre completely satisfied with all elements - especially the story and character development. I do not begrudge them their earnings for this one.
$38 and change for us, although now I feel like a slacker for only seeing it once. We're planning on going back this weekend to get the fewer-Ds experience, though.
That's awesome! I've sadly only been able to see it once so far in 2D. I like to avoid 3D whenever possible but after hearing all the good reviews from normally like-minded people I think I'll have to give it a shot.

And congratulations, QingTing!
@refrigeratorelf, thanks! :^D
Zannadoo I thought I was Dizzy??

$29.75 for me and the young'un to see it at a Regal Premium Experience theatre. Saw it Friday, will probably see it again in the coming week.

Giddy at the box office take.
harvey chin, Disney is in charge through their subsidiary, Marvel. Paramount gets a credit and 8% of the gross for doing nothing because they allowed Disney to take over the movies when they bought Marvel. Pretty sure they get their 8% cut on the next 2 films (IM3 and Thor2) as well.

Someone (gossi) will correct me if I'm wrong on any of that. :)


IrrationaliTV | May 07, 21:22 CET


Just IM3, I believe, IrrationiTV. Edit: bwahaha.

And I'd imagine they are already thinking Avengers 2. I kinda hope joss doesn't do it as there's only one direction for the box office to go from here, methinks.


Thanks Irrational & Gossi!

I don't know if a sequel would necessarily gross less, though....
Even though historically sequels generally grossed less, there's also been cases where sequels have grossed more than the original, so, who knows?

Plus.... as one reviewer put it (I forget the source)... "Joss Whedon isn't the best man for the job of putting together the Avengers, he's the ONLY man for the job."

Someone might argue that a James Cameron, or a Sam Raimi (both of whom are also a comic book geeks in addition to being great directors),or a Christopher Nolan might be able to do an Avengers movie, but there's too many things that Joss has that made/makes him perfect for this job to give everyone their moment, balance everything, and then some.

I just wish Avengers was half an hour longer (or more).... anyone else hoping for an extended cut on bluray? ;)
Don't count on an extended cut. Joss, as with Serenity, seems pretty committed to the idea that this is the cut, and then there are the separate deleted scenes, and that's it. (Unless, of course, Marvel simply goes off and does it anyway, unless he's got some contractual thing preventing it.)
Don't count on an extended cut. Joss, as with Serenity, seems pretty committed to the idea that this is the cut, and then there are the separate deleted scenes, and that's it. (Unless, of course, Marvel simply goes off and does it anyway, unless he's got some contractual thing preventing it.)


Awww....!!! :(
Joss happily agreed to have a cut and uncut version of OMWF, so he isn't totally against having a 2Directors Cut" in theory. I suppose it comes down to why the cuts were made in the first place.
I know the full 40-whatever minutes will be the home entertainment versions. In what form, I'm not sure.
zz9, that's different, though. It's basically the reverse. There was the original, full cut that aired the first time, and then the shorter cut for re-airings/syndication. In this case it's a matter of expanding, and he's said more than once (both for Serenity and now for Avengers) that he considers the theatrical cut to be the cut. Whether or not Marvel has to abide by that, I have no earthly idea.

[ edited by The One True b!X on 2012-05-07 23:00 ]
zz9 - I think that's because the "Director's Cut" of that would be the long one, which doesn't fit tv episode length standards, so for syndication the shorter version needed to be available.

(In other words, what b!x said)

[ edited by DreamRose311 on 2012-05-07 23:02 ]
The only way I would be more pleased is if I suddenly found $207M in my pocket.
Joss indicated that the cut was in service of story telling, so I don't think he would want to put the cut scenes back... but I was pretty sure he promised we'd get to see them on the DVD (which is all I ask).

Anyway I spent $14 for two shows ($5 for 2D and $8 for 3-D plus a buck for paying online), of course I got the senior discount for both shows. I wish IMAX was an option, if you are going to watch 3D then it is brighter and better on IMAX.
Well, now my $34 contribution seems piddly ;) This news is astounding on more than one level. I expected the film to do well, but that (ungodly) amount of money is a shocker of the best kind. Congrats to Joss, Kevin Feige, and all of the cast and crew! Not only for an amazing weekend take, but for creating the most enjoyable film I've seen in years.
I suspect, for those truly yearning for one, that somebody will create a cut that reinstates the deleted scenes back where they would've originally gone.

I'm considering doing it just for my own pleasure, once the Blu Ray is released.
Only had time to see it twice this weekend, and will definitely see it again when possible. So chuffed for Joss and Co. This is truly epic.
Didn't Joss say the other day he wanted another run of theatrical releases for the extended 3 hour version but he wasn't sure Marvel would go for it? I wouldn't be surprised to see two versions on the blu ray if nothing else.
Will the unincorporated scenes still have background music and CGI?
Jackal, why would Joss have said both that and also said the theatrical cut is the director's cut? (Rephrased: got a link?)
The Purple One is truly peerless. I mean, sure, he has box office peers in David Yates, Nolan, Cameron, Lucas, Bay, etc. But have those guys ever made a TV musical with vampires, an internet musical with freeze rays, written critically acclaimed comics, brought back cult shows from the afterlife, or made Nathan Fillion get naked on camera?

I bet Jim Cameron's never even had Amy Acker over to his house, not once!
On a jerkier note, I'm loving the vindication to all of the people who thought the cult TV shouldn't have a chance at a tentpole movie, while hypocritically giving JJ Abrams a pass on Star Trek. Not once during Avengers did I want to stab my eyes out from overuse of lens flares.

You can't give Joss total credit for this box office. But if this movie has legs, as it appears it might, they legs are completely, 100% Whedon.
harvey chin, I think Marvel were expecting some what a success and that the wheels were already turning on Avengers 2. Chris Evans has said he is contracted for 6 movies, which he believed would be a Captain America trilogy and an Avengers trilogy.

However, I don't think anyone expected it to be this much of an success and are likely now working hard on getting Avengers 2 off the ground. The big question is when they want it released and if they can get Joss back for another round.

Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 is set for 2013, while Captain America 2 (no director just yet) is set for April 2014. Which could leave the first weekend of May open for Avengers 2 if they booked it then. However, with 2 year turn around that doesn't give whoever took on the project much time.

There is also talk of a new Hulk movie and possibly Black Widow, Hawkeye and S.H.I.E.L.D. all getting their own movies, or possibly putting them together for a movie. Then there's Edgar Wright and Ant-Man, which has long been talked about, who is also an Avenger (one of the original members). Lots of different spinning plates at Marvel Studios.
$22 from me: 3D Thursday midnight and then Monday afternoon, in 2D, both times with a different friend. I think I liked it even more the 2nd time! I was so nervous the first time to really enjoy it, plus there are so many things I missed the first time around, though the midnight crowd I saw it with was great.

Going to see it again next weekend, with a group of six or seven, probably in 2D. Remember, the first weekend is Marvel's doing, the second (and third, and fourth, and fifth!!) is Joss's!

re: sequel talk. I really, really hope that Marvel holds off on getting a sequel out right away, i.e. 2014 release date. First of all, as Matt_Fabb points out, they have so much of their universe to explore with secondary characters and even more possible Avengers getting stand-alone movies. The Avengers is their gold mine, but they shouldn't greedily exploit it with an immediate sequel; what made it feel special and like an event movie was the way subsidiary movies built up the anticipation (while also being pretty good and entertaining).

Secondly, if they announced a sequel coming out in 2014, Joss might very likely opt out. In every interview, Joss sounds like making the movie was 2 years of hard work and he's exhausted. Lots of superhero franchises lose their directors because the workload is immediate and intense; Branagh walked away from the Thor sequel because he didn't want to jump right back into the universe.

Give Joss 2 years to create his own work and re-charge his creative batteries. Then Avengers 2 in 2016! The only worry is that RDJ (absolutely necessary as Tony Stark/Iron Man) will be 50 by then... let's hope he is one of those people who age in super slow motion.
I just made plans to see it again and then see this! Congrats to Joss and everyone at Marvel!
Haven't seen it yet, but I might go tomorrow as it's in the $2-Tuesday theatre =)
We paid 5 each for 2D at the Odeon - who have cut their prices a little (normally they are so expensive). This was for cheapskate Tuesday.

I've booked it again but we can only go on a normal night so it will cost the family a further 20 including the privilege of prebooking on line. Again 2D because my daughter didn't want to mess with the 3D glasses.
My partner and I each paid around $75 for our four sessions... Once was in the "Directors Suite" which means lots more comfort and lots less people (brilliant for the first viewing, meant I heard all the awesome lines people laughed over in the other sessions)... Trying to work out when to see it again which will add another $18 or so each.

Some people (my boss) may call that a waste of money. I call it an investment - Joss gets more work, I get better entertainment.
I think I've read that Avengers 2 has a 2015 date, but I'd really like to see it pushed back to 2016. We had four years of waiting between Iron Man's Fury tag and now. We can do another 4 years. It's not like we'll have nothing in between...
I really want a Black Widow & Hawkeye prequel. Badly.

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