‘The Avengers’ is Already Breaking Overseas Box Office Records

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avengers movie poster The Avengers is Already Breaking Overseas Box Office Records

Despite all of the early reactions and buzz surrounding The Avengers stemming from its press premieres around the world, the film doesn’t open in North American theaters until May 4th – a wait, we can agree, that is far too long. Most of Europe benefits from having the film open before this weekend, but some international markets enjoy an even earlier start.

The Avengers opened Wednesday night in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan and several other smaller overseas markets, breaking a few box office records before it hits the rest of the international scene Thursday and Friday.

According to the early numbers, The Avengers - Marvel’s longest film to date – raked in nearly $8 million last night, $6 million of which came from its Australian premiere, home of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth. That haul places The Avengers as Australia’s second biggest opening ever, sitting behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but earning more than twice that of Iron Man 2  - Marvel’s previous best opening in the region. In Taiwan however, The Avengers’ $1.2 million opening makes it their biggest ever. In North America, it’s practically guaranteed to break $100 million in its opening weekend, likely hitting The Hunger Games numbers at $150 million or more thanks to the 3D ticket price boost.

Marvel and Disney have struck a gold mine with The Avengers and it’s poised to not only be a contender for top grossing film of the year, but it’s earning the love from critics and fans alike as well. The first 39 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes have the film averaging an 8.4/10 score for a 97% fresh rating and according to IMDB users, it’s already made it into the top 250 list from nearly 8000 votes (how many actually saw the film, we can’t say).

The Avengers draws from the best parts of every Marvel film before it and by all accounts, director Joss Whedon has hit a home run for the franchise. If you’re a fan eagerly awaiting your chance to see it in theaters, check out these five Avengers comic stories that may help prepare you. If you have seen it, join our Avengers spoiler discussion. And for moviegoers who love the genre, The Avengers opening on May 4th comes packed with brand new trailers for both The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises.

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, opening in theaters on May 4, 2012.

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Sources: THR, The Sydney Morning Herald

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  1. Just seen it. It was the best time I’ve ever had at the cinema. Atmosphere was fantastic everyone laughing and cheering(especially at a particular hulk/Loki scene). It was AMAZING!!! Couldn’t stop laughing.

    • Dude your killing me I have to wait another week to see it.

  2. I’m gonna skip work and sse it tomorrow, I’m glad i live in Colombia.

  3. I CAN’T TAKE IT ANYMORE. IF I DON’T SEE THIS MOVIE SOON, MY HEAD IS GONNA EXPLODE!!!!!!

  4. Saw it tonight. Joss Whedon’s done ‘em proud.

    • This is getting insane! Some of the most critical readers on SR are praising this movie, which says a lot. I expected TheAvenger to like it but you and Ignur Rant liking it tells me…I need a time machine now! :-D

      • I went with a couple of friends who are far more into and knowledgeable about the comics than I am, and as we were walking to the car park afterwards, one of them kept repeating “I can’t believe how good that was.”

        Hope I’m not building your expectations up too much, Kahless, but I’d actually go as far as saying it’s the best Marvel movie so far! :-)

  5. They are not done making money yet…I still plan to buy the DVD!

    • DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack for me.

  6. OK, Why is this movie being released everywhere else but the country of origin? This is BS! -(Out of sheer jealousy, lol)

  7. They just better get Whedon to do the sequel…

    • Marvel/Disney better not screw that up. After this movie, more than likely they will be nearly a billion dollars richer, so money shouldn’t be an issue.

  8. Have to say it here as well. I just saw it last night and it is a perfect example of a comic book movie done well.

    Whedon has knocked it out of the park! He gave us a very good movie. As a solid movie I would rate it with 4 out of 5. But as a comic book adaptation it is a solid 5, no doubt about it.

    You guys will love Ruffalo’s Banner/Hulk. And for sure will join me on rooting for a solo Hulk movie!

  9. I’ve just seen Avengers – and to simply put it – this IS the summer blockbuster of 2012.

    I’ve save my in depth comments for when the official review appears on Screen Rant, but I’ll just say that after a sloppy opening 10 minutes, the rest is just a perfect comic book movie in every sense of the word.

    If you love your comic books – then the last 40 minutes will be just a dream – it’s just sheer escapism. And you’ll wet yourself at the end credits.

    Dark Knight Rises may end up being a better complete movie (and I’m still not wholly convinced by it) – I just cannot see how it can match the unrelenting spectacle delivered by the Avengers.

    DC really needs to get it’s act together and bring out a Justice League movie.

  10. I would like to know why THE AVENGERS is opening first in a foreign country when its about as AMERICANA as a movie can get. With BATTLESHIP I get that it features multiple nations of the world (in the war games in the film) but a Marvel AVENGERS film is %100 American so why is it other countries get first dibs on the film?

    • VERY canny marketing, BCC – and for once I’m happy to be a miniscule part of that! :-)

  11. No idea why It came to Guatemala before the US, but THANK YOU:) AMAZING MOVIE!!! COMIC BOOK EPICNESS! GO SEE IT!!

  12. To those who think the Avengers movie was rubbish
    You need to get your lights and eyesight checked out
    As far as I am concerned it is one of the best Avenger
    Movies I have seen.

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