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.

The Dictator opens in third place Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 20th 2012

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.

What to Expect When Youre Expecting movie 2012 Weekend Box Office Wrap Up: May 20th 2012

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


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