"The Avengers" (Hulk) smashes more records; box office results for May 18-20, 2012

As if there was any question, "The Avengers" took home the top box office prize for the weekend of May 18-20, 2012, ending up in first position again and "Hulk smashing" any competition.

It was not even a close race. "The Avengers" took home $55 million in box office receipts in its third weekend of domestic release. That was more than double the amount of the second place finisher, new film "Battleship," which was and was not based on the old Hasbro board game by the same name.

More records fell to Thor's Hammer, Hulk's fists, Captain America's shield, iron Man's armor, Hawkeye's arrows, Nick Fury's S.H.I.E.L.D., and Black Widow's sting. The film set the record for fastest to $400 million domestically, reaching that in 14 days vs. the prior record holder, "The Dark Knight," which reached it in 18.

Ah, but that was nothing. The film also toppled the record for fastest to $450 million domestically. "The Dark Knight" was again the prior record holder, with 27 days to reach that mark. "The Avengers" reached that total in a mere 17 days, just 3 days more than its $400 million record.

Last week, we saw "The Avengers" topple the $1 billion mark globally. At the time, we predicted that the film could break into the top five, all-time, globally by this weekend. Indeed, we were correct. "The Avengers" now sits at No. 4 all-time, globally. It has taken in $1.18 billion vs. $1.12 billion for the No. 5 film, "Transformers: Dark of the Moon."

In addition, the film only trails "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2," the No. 3 film all-time globally, by a slight margin. "Potter" has a total of $1.33 billion, which places it about $150 million ahead of "The Avengers," globally. Considering the fact that the film will likely continue to be a smash hit, but will also see a drop in revenue next week, as is typical for movies, it will probably not pass "Potter" in one week, but possibly two.

"The Avengers" is still a long way behind the all-time No. 1 film globally. "Avatar" has more than two times the overall take, with $2.78 billion globally.

The new film "Battleship" had a respectable $25.3 million in its first weekend. Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen's new comedy, "The Dictator," also took in a respectable amoung, $17.4 million.

The full list of the Top Ten movies for the weekend of May 18-20, 2012, is below.

Place Week Movie Weekly Box Office
Winners
Overall Box Office
1 3 The Avengers $55M $457.1M
2 1 Battleship $25.3M $25.3M
3 1 The Dictator $17.4M $24.5M
4 2 Dark Shadows $12.8M $50.9M
5 1 $10.5M $10.5M
6 2 The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3.25M $8.26M
7 9 The Hunger Games $3M $391.6M
8 6 Think Like a Man $2.7M $85.9M
9 5 The Lucky One $1.8M $55.9M
10 5 The Pirates! Band of Misfits $1.45M/td> $25.4M

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