"The Avengers" Reaches $1 Billion in 19 Days, Smashes More Records! 


Marvel's "The Avengers" has become the fastest movie to reach the holy grail -- the billion dollar mark -- ever! This past weekend, "The Avengers" held on to the No. 1 spot and selling $103.2 million in domestic box-office tickets for a grand total of $373.2 million. And that's just in the U.S. ("The Avengers" movie review)

Overseas, the fantastic film from writer/director Joss Whedon has sold $95.4 million in tickets for a total of $628.9 million.

The total? Just over $1 billion in 19 days!

Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton must settle for No. 2. Their darkly comic vampire romp, "Dark Shadows," opened with $28.8 million, a distant cry from "The Avengers." That's considerably lower compared to previous Depp-Burton projects such as "Alice in Wonderland" which debuted with $116.1 million, and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" which opened with $56.2 million. ("Dark Shadows" Movie Review)

Overseas, "Dark Shadows" sucked $65.5 million out of international moviegoers. (Win "Dark Shadows" prizes from Warner Bros., click here)

Yes, "The Avengers" has been shattering box-office records. Last week, it has surpassed "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," and now, the superhero flick has passed the previous best of $75.6 million for "Avatar," making it the first movie to sell more than $100 million in its second weekend.

And more records shattered -- "The Avengers" topped "The Dark Knight's" previous record of reaching $300 million in just nine days. The Christopher Nolan Batman film did that in 10 days.

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for the weekend of May 11th:

1. "The Avengers," $103.2 million ($95.4 million international).

2. "Dark Shadows," $28.8 million ($36.7 million international).

3. "Think Like a Man," $6.3 million.

4. "The Hunger Games," $4.4 million ($2.4 million international).

5. "The Lucky One," $4.1 million ($2.5 million international).

6. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," $3.2 million ($2.2 million international).

7. "The Five-Year Engagement," $3.1 million ($1.7 million international).

8. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $2.7 million ($1.9 million international).

9. "Chimpanzee," $1.6 million.

10. "Girl in Progress," $1.4 million.

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