“The Avengers” crushed “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″ to become the movie with the highest grossing domestic opening weekend ever. It soundly beat “Potter” by about $30 million, with the “Avengers” earning $200.3 million in its first three days of its release.
The Marvel film had a strong Friday opening to the tune of $80 million, although it wasn’t a record breaker. But “The Avengers’” Saturday earnings were record-breaking, making just shy of $70 million in the biggest Saturday gross ever.
Worldwide, “The Avengers” has already brought in $641.8 million over 12 days.
This all can be contributed to three things: Positive reviews, extremely positive word-of-mouth, and the great showings previous Marvel films have had. I’ve already seen the movie twice this weekend, to Marvel and company can thank me for that.
Director Joss Whedon said the film’s original cut was a little over three hours long, which is incredibly long for a movie based on a comic book property. Whedon promised we’ll see the full cut on the home video release (Blu-ray and DVD), so that should be exciting.
“The Avengers” is a fun ride, and is worth the ticket price again and again. Through my second viewing, I kept my eyes peeled for any references to “Firefly” or “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” but saw none. I’m sure other Whedon fanatics caught some things, though.