Film News: ‘The Avengers’ Posts Best Second Weekend Ever, ‘Dark Shadows’ Disappoints

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CHICAGO – “The Avengers” showed no sign of second weekend fatigue, beating the smash second frames of “The Dark Knight” and “Avatar” by collecting another $103.1 million. Dropping just over 50%, “The Avengers” has made $373 million domestically and over $1 billion internationally. This thing could challenge “Avatar” and “Titanic” for all-time grosses.

Tim Burton’s “Dark Shadows” suffered as people clearly saw “The Avengers” multiple times and ignored the mediocre Johnny Depp flick. It made only $28.8 million with a decent per-screen of $7,671. It was Burton’s lowest opening weekend gross for a widely-released film since “Mars Attacks!” (and that wasn’t on nearly as many screens). It’s a clear disappointment given that the last Burton-Depp collaboration (“Alice in Wonderland”) made more in its first three days ($116.1 million) than “Dark Shadows” will make in its entire run.

In other debut news, Lionsgate pushed the limited “Girl in Progress” to $1.4 million. The other big news was that “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” expanded a bit and cracked the top ten with the 2nd highest per screen average of the weekend.

The success of “The Avengers” and relative failure of “Dark Shadows” helped all the holdovers as many films in the top ten fell less than 40% from last weekend.

Next weekend should see a pile-up as “The Avengers” will continue to destroy and “Battleship,” “The Dictator,” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” all open.

1. The Avengers - $103.2 million - down 50.3% - $373.2 million
2. Dark Shadows - $28.8 million - new
3. Think Like a Man – $6.3 million - down 22.3% – $81.9 million
4. The Hunger Games – $4.4 million – down 21.3% — $386.9 million
5. The Lucky One – $4.1 million – down 24.5% - $53.7 million
6. The Pirates! A Band of Misfits - $3.2 million - down 41.8% - $23.1 million
7. The Five-Year Engagement - $3.1 million - down 38.4% - $24.4 million
8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - $2.7 million - up 259.5% - $3.7 million
9. Chimpanzee – $1.6 million – down 34.6% - $25.6 million
10. Life in Progress - $1.4 million - new

Source: Box Office Mojo content director Brian Tallerico

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