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Weekend Estimates: Avengers Shatters All-Time Record

May 6th, 2012

Marvel's The Avengers will shatter the all-time weekend record, according to Disney's Sunday estimate. Based on current sales, the film is projected to earn an extraordinary $200.3 million Friday-Sunday, setting a new benchmark for what's possible in the space of three days. It has also already broken the record for best-ever Saturday, with $69.7 million, per Disney, and they project it will have the best ever Sunday too, at around $50 million. That last figure is $7 million ahead of The Dark Knight, which is the only film previously to make over $40 million on a Sunday. That number is not a huge stretch, but could prove to be a bit high, and a final weekend figure just shy of $200 million is definitely still a possibility. Either way, the film will reach $200 million in three or four days, handily beating the five days taken by Deathly Hallows: Part II, The Dark Knight and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The exact number isn't too much to worry about though, this is a great weekend.

With The Avengers dominating so completely this weekend, there's not a great deal else to report on. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is another bright spot, however, with Fox projecting a $750,000 opening weekend from just 27 theaters for an average of close to $28,000. The film is already an international hit (for an independent film), and should play strongly through the Summer. IFC Films also has a good opening for First Position, which is set for about $47,000 in five theaters.

- Weekend Estimates

Filed under: Weekend Box Office, The Avengers, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, First Position