Weekend Box Office: Trifecta Avengers Sunk Your Battleship

By Scott Gwin 2012-05-20 16:45:15discussion comments
Weekend Box Office: Trifecta Avengers Sunk Your Battleship image
Battleship has pretty much locked down the award for biggest special effects orgy of the summer, but American audiences weren't lining up to watch the fireworks. Thanks to a much more interested international audience it won't be a summer bust, but the board-game-turned-movie had nothing on the comic-domination phenomenon.

For a third weekend in a row The Avengers held an easy first place lead, this week adding an additional $55 million to its $457 million total US sales. Now the number six all-time money maker in the US, it's set to possibly climb all the way to third place on that list, behind only Titanic and Avatar.

Meanwhile Battleship settled for a distant second place with just $25 million. That's a lame amount when stacked against its CGI-burdened $209 budget and no doubt massively expensive marketing effort. But thanks to $215 million in international sales it's well on its way to breaking even.

Sacha Baron Cohen's latest offering The Dictator dropped in at third place with $17 million. That's the lowest debut for one of Cohen's semi-comedic improv character pieces, but likely not low enough to get him to drop the act and move on to something that we'd probably all rather see: actual comedy.

Dropping in at fifth place was the other loosely-based-on-a-seemingly-unadaptable-concept to hit theaters this weekend, What to Expect When You're Expecting. Americans seemed uninterested in this latest version of a pregnancy comedy, only handing over $10 million.

For the full top ten break down, check out the chart below:

1.
Marvel's The Avengers $55,057,000 Total: $457,078,000 LW: 1     WR: 3    
THTRS: 4,249
2.
Battleship * $25,300,000 Total: $25,300,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,690
3.
The Dictator * $17,415,000 Total: $24,456,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,008
4.
Dark Shadows $12,770,000 Total: $50,908,000 LW: 2     WR: 2    
THTRS: 3,755
5.
What to Expect When You're Expecting * $10,500,000 Total: $10,500,000 LW: N     WR: 1    
THTRS: 3,021
6.
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $3,250,000 Total: $8,257,000 LW: 8     WR: 3    
THTRS: 178
7.
The Hunger Games $3,000,000 Total: $391,631,000 LW: 4     WR: 9    
THTRS: 2,064
8.
Think Like a Man $2,700,000 Total: $85,888,000 LW: 3     WR: 5    
THTRS: 1,722
9.
The Lucky One $1,765,000 Total: $56,921,000 LW: 5     WR: 5    
THTRS: 2,005
10.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits $1,450,000 Total: $25,362,000 LW: 7     WR: 4    
THTRS: 1,840

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