"The Avengers" assemble a record-setting opening weekend, May 4-6, 2012

After its boffo, though not record-setting Friday, there were expectations that "The Avengers" might set an all-time opening weekend record, and indeed, the Marvel Comics Super-Group flick did just that.

With that, we'd wonder: sequel? We'd also wonder if the sequel might see the addition of some missing members, such as The Scarlet Witch, the Vision, Wonder Man, Giant-Man / Ant-Man, or the Wasp. Ant-Man and the Wasp would certainly be a challenge for special-effects wizards.

"The Avengers" (Hulk) smashed its way past the prior top film, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2" with a $200.3 million take in its opening weekend. Potter had held the prior record with a $169.2 million opening weekend.

"The Dark Knight" is at No. 3, with $158.4 million, "The Hunger Games" is at No. 4 with $152.5 million, and "Spider-Man 3," the last Tobey Maguire Spider-Man, is at No. 5 with $151.1 million.

"The Avengers" opened overseas first. Including its overseas take of $441.5 million , globally "The Avengers" has earned a huge $641.8 million in 12 days.

"The Avengers" brings together which assembles Marvel superhero characters which have appeared in or been featured in other movies: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Captain America (Chris Evans), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).

No other film could stand up to the Juggernaut (a Marvel villain, but really an X-Man universe character) that was "The Avengers." "Think Like a Man," No. 1 for two weekends, dropped to No. 2 this week with an $8 million take, and $73 million overall, domestically.

"The Hunger Games," No. 3 last week, stayed there, and took in $5.7 million to increase its overall domestic take to $380.7 million. That almost seemed modest compared to "The Avengers" domestic first weekend take.

At No. 4 was "The Lucky One," at $5.5 million, increasing its domestic total to $47.9 million. Last week's No. 2 film, "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," fell to No. 5, and took in $5.4 million in box office receipts, increasing its domestic total to $18.6 million.

The full list of the Top Ten movies for the weekend of May 4-6, 2012, is below.

Place Week Movie Weekly Box Office
Winners
Overall Box Office
1 1 The Avengers $200.3M $200.3M
2 3 Think Like a Man $8M $73M
3 7 The Hunger Games $5.7M $380.7M
4 3 The Lucky One $5.5M $47.9M
5 2 The Pirates! Band of Misfits $5.4M $18.6M
6 2 The Five-Year Engagement $5.1M $19.2M
7 2 The Raven $2.5M $12.0M
8 2 Safe (2012) $2.5M $12.9M
9 3 Chimpanzee $2.4M $23M
10 3 The Three Stooges $1.8M $39.6M

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