The Avengers fought-off top competition to retain its strong hold at the top of the box office. The Marvel adventure should gross an estimated $55 million worth of green over the three days, a number which gives the film an amazing $457 million total.

The Avengers is now on track to become the third highest-grossing film of all time at the US box office, and it should beat fellow comic book adventure The Dark Knight in the coming weeks (that film topped out at $533 million). The $220 million Shawarma advert probably won’t beat Titanic ($658 million) or Avatar ($760 million), but it should end its run in the company of those James Cameron films. On a worldwide level, Avengers has become Disney’s highest-grossing film ever, and it will likely beat Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’s $1.2 billion global cume. Again, it shouldn’t bother the final grosses of Titanic ($2.1 billion) or Avatar $2.7 billion).

Battleship (read our review) opened in second place with a flaccid $25 million. It’s a disappointing number for the $209 million Peter Berg film, and the second big-budget flop for star Taylor Kitsch. His last film, John Carter (priced at $250 million), opened to $30 million and grossed just $72 million domestically – $272 million globally. That’s not a good figure when you consider that the advertising budget was in the region of $150 million, and that the studio only sees about half of that gross number. Battleship has already sailed away with over $215 million from its international markets, although it might struggle to reach John Carter’s domestic earnings.

Sacha Baron Cohen’s latest comedy The Dictator (read our  review) should greet Monday morning with a weekend take of $17 million (giving it a $24 million total). The opening weekend gross is down from his last film, Brüno, which grossed $30 million on its way to a final number of $60 million – its also lower than that of Borat, which debuted to $26 million, but topped out at over $128 million.

Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows dropped 57%, bringing in an additional $12.7 million, raising its cume to a lackluster $50.9 million. The $150 million Gothic comedy has grossed over $100 million globally.

What To Expect When You’re Expecting (read our review) had a difficult birth, debuting to just $10.5 million. This is a disappointing number when you consider that the comedy combines the star-wattage of Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez.

British comedy The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel banked another $3.2 million and raised its cume to $8.2 million. This US release is just a formality, as the film has already garnered more than $75 million elsewhere in the world.

The Hunger Games continues to inch towards $400 million. Another $3 million sees the film bring its domestic total to $391 million, giving it almost $640 million worldwide.

Think Like A Man scored $2.7 million for a grand total of just under $86 million, while The Lucky One banked about $1 million less for a $56 million cume.

The top ten was rounded out by The Pirates! Band of Misfits. The animated adventure should score $1.4 million for a total haul of $25.3 million, which gives it a total worldwide gross of $100 million.

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

Source: Box Office Mojo