After breaking several international box office records, The Avengers opened in North America last weekend to become the biggest film opening of all time, handily beating out previous record holders The Dark Knight and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 while becoming the first ever film to cross the $200 million mark on its domestic debut.

In its second weekend, Earth’s Mightiest continue their success story, becoming the first every film to cross $100 million in its second weekend while also crossing the $1 billion worldwide total mark, just 19 days after its first opening overseas.

Last weekend’s actual haul for The Avengers was $207,438,708 and this weekend, with only a 50% drop, the estimates have Marvel Studios’ latest blockbuster earning another $103.2 million in North America. With these estimates, The Avengers is expected to cross the 10-figure mark today with a total of $373.2 million at the domestic box office and $628.9 million internationally, enough to edge out The Dark Knight’s total box office earnings. Needless to say, Disney CEO Bog Iger confirming The Avengers 2 is in development was a welcome given.

And with that, Disney happily points out that The Avengers is now one of their five films among the 12 movies which have earned $1 billion theatrically, the other four being Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

For comparison, here are the top five second-weekend performances (domestic) along with their opening weekends:

  1. The Avengers – $207,438,708 (opening), $103,163,000 (second)
  2. Avatar –  $77,025,481 (opening), $75,617,183 (second)
  3. The Dark Knight – $158,411,483 (opening), $75,166,466 (second)
  4. Shrek 2 – $108,037,878 (opening), $72,170,363 (second)
  5. Spider-Man – $114,844,116 (opening), $71,417,527 (second)

Note: The sixth, seventh and eighth films on the second-weekend earnings list are all Disney films. Also note: Three of the top five and six of the top 20 are all comic book films. So, Disney acquiring Marvel for $4 billion… Good decision.

With Battleship, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and The Dictator opening this week, The Avengers has a good chance of winning next weekend as well.

If you’ve seen The Avengers, please refrain from talking spoilers – we have a spoilers discussion thread for that and check out our discussion on The Avengers post-credits scenes.

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddleston and Stellan Skarsgard. It is of course written and directed by Joss Whedon.

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Source: Box Office Mojo