The Avengers came. The Avengers saw. The Avengers conquered.

Joss Whedon’s big screen comic book mash-up broke records at the box office over the weekend and managed to score the biggest opening weekend EVER! That’s right – bigger than Harry Potter ($169 million) and bigger than The Dark Knight ($158 million). The Marvel movie should gross a mammoth $200 million by Monday morning! A fantastic number given the films $220 million production budget.

The film grossed $80.5 million on Friday, (second only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2’s $91.1 million) kicking-off the summer season in spectacular fashion. The biggest Marvel hero opening was Spider-Man 3’s $151 million launch (it topped out at $336 million, a series domestic low) – but as he’s not part of The Avengers line-up, the closest comparison is Iron Man 2’s $128 million debut. That film peaked at $312 million, which was just behind Iron Man’s $318 million cumulative haul.

It must also be noted that this opening weekend bests the final grosses of Thor ($181 million), Captain America ($176 million) and the two previous Hulk entries – The Incredible Hulk ended its run with $134 million, while Hulk ran out of steam at $132 million worth of green.

A truly amazing weekend, and it will be very interesting to see how it holds up next weekend. The film has received strong reviews (read ours) and it should see the weekend out with a global haul of over $641 million, meaning that it’s on track to beat Spider-Man 3’s $890 million worldwide take – and Iron Man 2’s $623 million is already toast. The film also has the potential to beat The Dark Knight‘s $1 billion in global ticket sales, in fact the $1 billion mark is pretty much a cert for the movie. The Dark Knight Rises will have to work hard to beat this.

Think Like A Man was in second place, banking $8 million and raising its total to an impressive $73 million. It won’t hit the century mark, but it will get close.

The Hunger Games scored $5.7 million and raised its total to $380.7 million, the film has now grossed over $600 million globally.

The Lucky One grossed $5.5 million, a number which gives the Zac Efron starrer almost $48 million.

Pirates! Band of Misfits brought in an additional $5.4 million and upped its cume to over $18.5 million. Not a great result.

Comedy bomb, The Five-Year Engagement laughed-up $5.1 million for a $19.2 million total, while the Edgar Allan Poe adventure The Raven brought in $2.5 million for a poor $12 million total.

Safe grossed $2.4 million for a $12.8 million cumulative take, while Chimpanzee scored $2.3 million for a $23 million total.

The top ten was rounded-out by The Three Stooges. The comedy throw-back grossed a smidgen under $2 million for a $39.6 million total take.

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

Source: Box Office Mojo