3 Things to Know About ‘The Avengers’ Smash Opening

by Angela Nazworth | May 7, 2012 4:15 pm

300.avengers5.mh .050112 3 Things to Know About 'The Avengers' Smash Opening[1]Audiences assembled in massive numbers this past weekend to watch The Avengers.

The action movie that united five superheroes and a couple of super spies also proved to be a redemption story for maker Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS[2]) after the John Carter debacle[3].

The film grossed $200.3 million during opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada, according to Box Office Mojo. This amount shoots an arrow through the $152.5 million brought in during the opening weekend[4] for Lions Gate Entertainment‘s (NYSE:LGF[5]) The Hunger Games. It also makes the previous highest-grossing opening weekend of Warner Brothers Entertainment‘s (NYSE:TWX[6]) Deathly Hollows – Part 2 ($169.2 million) appear dim in comparison.

Here are three fun facts to know about The Avengers‘ smashing success.

  1. Women Showed Up: Disney has proven that if a film stars five super-bodied actors, women will come. In droves. Women accounted for 40% of ticket sales, according to E! News[7].
  2. 3-D Helped: Nearly 52% of ticket sales came from higher-priced 3D viewings, The Christian Science Monitor[8] said.
  3. High Budget Also Helped: The movie cost about $220 million to produce, according to The Star[9]. That’s the biggest budget yet for a movie based on Marvel comics.
Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/300.avengers5.mh_.050112.jpg
  2. DIS: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=DIS
  3. John Carter debacle: http://investorplace.com/2012/03/somebody-should-pay-for-disneys-john-carter-mess/
  4. $152.5 million brought in during the opening weekend: http://investorplace.com/2012/02/lions-gate-entertainment-lgf-the-hunger-games/
  5. LGF: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=LGF
  6. TWX: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TWX
  7. E! News: http://www.eonline.com/news/five_reasons_avengers_was/314135?cmpid=rss-000000-rssfeed-365-topstories&utm_source=eonline&utm_medium=rssfeeds&utm_campaign=rss_topstories
  8. The Christian Science Monitor: http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/2012/0507/Women-and-3D-help-The-Avengers-set-box-office-record-trailer
  9. The Star: http://www.thestar.com/news/article/1174184--avengers-smashes-box-office-record-and-wins-over-critics

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