'Avengers' shoots higher overseas with $185.1M

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — "The Avengers" isn't playing yet on U.S. movie screens, but the superhero dream team already is a marvel at the worldwide box office.

Final figures from distributor Disney on Monday put the overseas haul for "The Avengers" at $185.1 million since it began opening in 39 markets last week. That's nearly $7 million more than the studio had estimated Sunday.

The overseas results for "The Avengers" overshadowed a fairly quiet weekend at the domestic box office. The ensemble comedy "Think Like a Man" remained the No. 1 draw for the second-straight weekend with $17.6 million, holding off a rush of new movies that did only modest business at U.S. theaters.

Among the revenue highlights for "The Avengers": $25.5 million in Great Britain, $19.8 million in Australia, $16.9 million in Mexico and $13.9 million in France.

Based on the Marvel Comics series, "The Avengers" cast includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk.

The film opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

The top 20 movies at U.S. and Canadian theaters Friday through Sunday, followed by distribution studio, gross, number of theater locations, average receipts per location, total gross and number of weeks in release, as compiled Monday by Hollywood.com are:

1. "Think Like a Man," Sony Screen Gems, $17,604,141, 2,015 locations, $8,737 average, $60,472,199, two weeks.

2. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," Sony, $11,137,734, 3,358 locations, $3,317 average, $11,137,734, one week.

3. "The Hunger Games," Lionsgate, $10,814,271, 3,572 locations, $3,028 average, $372,019,021, six weeks.

4. "The Lucky One," Warner Bros., $10,808,023, 3,175 locations, $3,404 average, $39,409,719, two weeks.

5. "The Five-Year Engagement," Universal, $10,610,060, 2,936 locations, $3,614 average, $10,610,060, one week.

6. "Safe," Lionsgate, $7,892,539, 2,266 locations, $3,483 average, $7,892,539, one week.

7. "The Raven," Relativity Media, $7,289,642, 2,203 locations, $3,309 average, $7,289,642, one week.

8. "Chimpanzee," Disney, $5,227,862, 1,567 locations, $3,336 average, $18,920,794, two weeks.

9. "The Three Stooges," Fox, $5,167,421, 3,105 locations, $1,664 average, $36,907,965, three weeks.

10. "The Cabin in the Woods," Lionsgate, $4,619,480, 2,639 locations, $1,750 average, $34,783,320, three weeks.

11. "21 Jump Street," Sony, $3,000,054, 1,820 locations, $1,648 average, $131,937,572, seven weeks.

12. "American Reunion," Universal, $2,907,900, 2,154 locations, $1,350 average, $53,471,735, four weeks.

13. "Mirror Mirror," Relativity Media, $2,232,938, 2,017 locations, $1,107 average, $58,870,360, five weeks.

14. "Wrath of the Titans," Warner Bros., $1,981,008, 1,572 locations, $1,260 average, $80,524,819, five weeks.

15. "Titanic" in 3-D, Paramount, $1,913,733, 1,409 locations, $1,358 average, $56,280,875, four weeks.

16. "Lockout," Film District, $945,406, 1,259 locations, $751 average, $13,334,936, three weeks.

17. "Dr. Seuss' the Lorax," Universal, $848,070, 883 locations, $960 average, $208,435,750, nine weeks.

18. "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island," Warner Bros., $512,212, 401 locations, $1,277 average, $101,883,417, 12 weeks.

19. "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen," CBS Films, $427,518, 335 locations, $1,276 average, $7,777,846, eight weeks.

20. "Bully," Weinstein Co., $327,390, 263 locations, $1,245 average, $2,123,869, five weeks.

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Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.

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