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Avengers Busts $1 Billion Mark

Superheroes still going strong
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2012 11:32 PM CDT
Updated May 14, 2012 1:19 AM CDT
Avengers Busts $1B Mark
In this film image released by Disney, Chris Hemsworth portrays Thor, left, and and Chris Evans portrays Captain America in a scene from "The Avengers," expected to be released on May 4, 2012.   (AP Photo/Disney, Zade Rosenthal)

(Newser) – Marvel Comics' gang of mismatched superheroes are quite the draw. The Avengers crashed the billion-dollar mark just 19 days after hitting theaters, scooping up $103.2 million here and in Canada for Disney this weekend, and another in $95.4 million overseas, reports Bloomberg. Dark Shadows came in second with $28.8 million in its opening weekend. The hungry crowds make it likely movie studios will top 2009's record receipts of $10.6 billion. Sales are up 18% so far, and attendance has grown 20% over last year.

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The Avengers is the first film ever to post back-to-back weekend takes of more than $100 million (besting Avatar's $75.6 million over weekend No. 2). The film "remains the must-see movie of the weekend,” said an editor at Boxoffice.com “There is a great deal of positive word of mouth, and the must-see factor is definitely there.” Disney is far from finished getting every buck it can out of the franchise: It has big plans to spin off other movies featuring the Marvel heroes, Disney CEO Robert Iger told investors last week. (Read more Robert Downey Jr. stories.)

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