Marvel and Disney’s epic superhero team up movie ‘The Avengers’ has been rolling in the dough internationally for a few weeks now. As of 12:01am today, it returned home to America, however, it didn’t set any U.S. box office records for midnight showings.
To be specific, ‘The Avengers’ lands at the number 8 spot on the list of top midnight openings with $18.7 million, according to Deadline. It takes over the spot once held by DC’s ‘The Dark Knight’, which grossed $18.5 million, and falls just behind ‘The Hunger Games’, which made $19.7 million. Number one on the list is ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2‘ with $43.5 million, followed by the 3 ‘Twilight’ sequels and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1’ to round out the top five.
While ‘The Avengers’ may not have been able to overcome Katniss, Bella, and Harry in their opening hours, they still managed to bring in more money than ‘Iron Man’, ‘Iron Man 2’, ‘Thor’, and ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ combined and earned the distinction of the highest grossing midnight opening for any superhero movie of all time.
That’s not to say that Joss Whedon’s unprecedented gathering of heroes won’t set any more records. There’s still a chance to break opening weekend records considering that the weekend is still young and it’s safe to assume that droves of moviegoers will be flocking to the movie theaters to feast their eyes on ‘The Avengers’ the rest of the weekend and in the weeks to come.