'The Avengers' takes the bite out of 'Dark Shadows'
LOS ANGELES _ Even an A-list star like Johnny Depp was no match for "The Avengers" at the box office this weekend, as the superhero adventure dominated ticket sales yet again and flew past the $1 billion mark worldwide.
After its $207.4 million debut broke the record for the biggest opening _ not adjusting for inflation _ "The Avengers" raked in an additional $103.2 million in its second weekend of domestic release, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Pictures. The film featuring Marvel comic book characters such as the Hulk, Iron Man and Thor sucked the life out "Dark Shadows," leaving Depp's vampire comedy looking pallid with a lackluster $28.8 million start.
"The Avengers" made more on its second weekend than any other film in history, a record previously held by the three-day $75.6 million take of "Avatar." But the Joss Whedon-directed picture crossed an even bigger milestone this weekend, surpassing $1 billion in global ticket sales after just 19 days in release. Playing in 54 foreign countries this weekend, the movie grossed $95.4 million, raising its international total to $628.9 million. Combined with the film's $373.2 million domestic tally, the movie grossed enough to join the ranks of the 11 other films in the elite $1 billion club, a group including blockbusters such as "Avatar," "Titanic" and "The Dark Knight."
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