Marvel superhero movie ‘The Avengers’ is likely to become one of the highest grossing movies of all time after making USD 1 billion in worldwide box-office takings in just three weeks.
The Joss Whedon directed film movie racked up USD 100 million in the US this weekend,with industry insiders predicting it will soon overtake ‘Toy Story 3’ on the highest grossing list,and could rise as high as Number 3,ousting the final ‘Harry Potter’ movie,The Hollywood Reporter said.
The Disney-produced movie has now easily become the highest grossing superhero movie of all time,surpassing 2008’s ‘The Dark Knight’,as well as the three recent Spider-Man films.
The huge success of the film meant Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s latest collaborative effort ‘Dark Shadows’ took just 65 million,a disappointing figure for a big budget film starring arguably the world’s most in-demand actor.
Upcoming movies such as ‘Men in Black 3’ and ‘Prometheus’ should perform better,as the clamour to see ‘The Avengers’ eventually begins to wane.
Oscar-winner ‘The Artist’ appears to have left it too late to capitalize on its awards season success with a full-opening,taking just USD 161,000 despite playing at 700 screens in the US.
‘The Avengers’ will now have its eye firmly on James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’,which took a massive USD 2.7 billion to make it the highest grossing movie of all time.