Last weekend Marvel’s The Avengers obliterated box office records and grossed an unbelievable $207 million during its first weekend. The film continued to have an incredibly successful run throughout the week and it looks like a 50% dip from last weekend will give it a mighty $103 million for the three days.

This figure again sets a new record for the highest grossing second weekend of all-time, beating the $75 million+ second week numbers for Avatar and The Dark Knight. That means that the Joss Whedon film will have grossed a staggering $373 million at the US box office and over $1 billion globally, a number achieved in an amazing nineteen days!

This is yet another mind-boggling gross, which shows that there is still a lot of demand to see the film. The sky is the limit from here on out, and The Avengers is on-track to become the highest grossing comic book film of all time, besting The Dark Knight’s $533 million domestic take – it has already beaten its $1 billion global cume. The film is also on track to beat the global grosses of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Toy Story 3, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Alice in Wonderland. However, The Avengers may not be able to beat out Titanic’s $658 million final gross ($2.1 billion global), or Avatar’s $760 million ($2.8 billion worldwide) total haul. Although, having said that…

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s eighth team-up Dark Shadows (read our review) had a disappointing debut, grossing an estimated $28.8 million over the weekend. That’s a far cry from the $116 million start of their last collaboration- Alice In Wonderland. It was also below their 2005 hit Charlie and the Chocolate Factory which debuted with $56 million. The film carries a pricey $150 million budget and it will have to hold up well over the next few weeks it wants to hit $100 million domestically. The film should do well on the international circuit where Depp and Burton have a wide appeal. It has already grossed another $36 million elsewhere in the world. It looks like audiences are becoming tired of duo’s trademark “weirdness” -maybe it’s time to give it a break.

Former number one film Think Like A Man grossed another $6.3 million, and raised its total to a strong $81.9 million.

The Hunger Games scored $4.4 million over the weekend and raised its cume to a very impressive $386.9 million. $400 million is now pretty much a certainty for the film which is closing in on $650 million globally.

Romantic drama The Lucky One banked $4 million, a figure which brought its total to a smidgen under $54 million.

Pirates! Band of Misfits sailed away with $3.2 million for a paltry $23 million haul. Some consolation can be taken in the knowledge that the $55 million film is now on course to sail past $100 million worldwide. The Five-Year Engagement laughed up another $3.1 million for a total gross of $24 million

British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel cracked the top ten and banked $2.6 million over the weekend for a $3.7 million total. The John Madden directed Judi Dench/Maggie Smith film is closing in on a global gross of $100 million.

Chimpanzee grossed a further $1.6 million, which brought its total to just under $26 million.

The Eva Mendes dramedy Girl In Progress rounded out the top ten, grossing $1.35 million from just 322 theaters.

That’s it for now. See you at the movies.

Source: Box Office Mojo