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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