Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ Amasses $178.4M Overseas

SUNDAY AM, 7TH UPDATE: I’m still on vacation but can’t ignore four new low-cost movies opening in North American wide release and performing worse than expected at the box office. This was one of 2012′s worst weekends with overall box office $111M, or a big -30% down from last year. Full analysis in the morning. Universal’s R-rated comedy The Five–Year Engagement (2,936 theaters) from Judd Apatow’s banner is tanking. Good thing it was low-budget. It fell victim to both of last weekend’s winners and one newcomer. Sony/Screen Gems’ holdover Think Like A Man (2,014 theaters) will end up #1 (and may be the first ‘urban comedy’ to finish on top two weeks in a row since director Tim Story’s Barbershop). Sony’s 3D Aardman toon Pirates! Band Of Misfits (3,358 theaters) jumped into second place by end of Sunday because of its kiddie matinee bump. Its worldwide total to date is $75.1M. Warner Bros’ The Lucky One (3,175 theaters) ended up #3. Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games (3,572 theaters) hangs in for #4 as it inches towards $375M domestic cume. Lionsgate’s Safe (2,266 theaters) and Relativity’s acquisition of Intrepid Pictures’ The Raven (2,203 theaters) also struggled to open this weekend. Audiences handed out the following CinemaScores: The Five-Year Engagement ‘B-’, Pirates! ‘B’, Safe ‘B+’, The Raven ‘B’. Full analysis coming.

Here’s the Top Ten (based on weekend estimates):

1. Think Like A Man (Screen Gems/Sony) Week 2 [2,015 Theaters] PG13
Friday $5.5M, Saturday $7.6, Weekend $17.4M (-48%), Cume $60.8M

MacUffin
3 years
@almost--I was referring to The Help and the up coming The Butler.
Scott
3 years
And there's a hint at Hollywood - and particularly Sony and Universal's marketing problems, they are using...
Mark
3 years
The length of Apatow's films interests me. You may not like the characters but he indulges character...

2. Pirates! Band of Misfits 3D (Aardman/Sony) NEW [3,358 Theaters] PG
Friday $2.7M, Saturday $5.1M, Weekend $11.4M

3. The Lucky One (Warner Bros) Week 2 [3,175 Theaters] PG13
Friday $3.9M, Saturday $4.8M, Weekend $11.3M (-50%), Cume $39.9M

4. The Hunger Games (Lionsgate) Week 6 [3,572 Theaters] PG13
Friday $2.9M, Saturday $4.6M, Weekend $11.2M, Cume $372.4M

5. The Five-Year Engagement (Universal) NEW [2,936 Theaters] R
Friday $3.5M, Saturday $4.5M, Weekend $11.2M

6. Safe (Lionsgate) NEW [2,266 Theaters] R
Friday $2.6M, Saturday $3.0M, Weekend $7.7M,

7. The Raven (Intrepid/Relativity) NEW [2,203 Theaters] R
Friday $2.5M, Saturday $2.9M, Weekend $7.2M,

8. Chimpanzee (Disney) Week 2 [1,567 Theaters] G
Friday $1.6M, Saturday $2.1M, Weekend $5.4M (-49%), Cume $19.1M

9. The Three Stooges (Fox) Week 3 [3,105 Theaters] PG
Friday $1.3M, Saturday $2.4M, Weekend $5.4M, Cume $37.1M

10. Cabin In The Woods (Lionsgate) Week 3 [2,639 Theaters] R
Friday $1.4M, Saturday $2.0M, Weekend $4.5M, Cume $34.6M