LOS ANGELES Disneys The Avengers will continue its global supremacy and could post the first $100 million-plus second-weekend gross in domestic box office history, besting previous record-holders Avatar at $75.6 million and The Dark Knight at $75.2 million.
Averaging $18 million per-day mid-week in North America and close to $30 million internationally, The Avengers has the potential of grossing more than $400 million at home and an astounding $1 billion worldwide by Sunday night.
Warner Bros. debuting Dark Shadows, starring Johnny Depp and directed by long-time collaborator Tim Burton, will be long in The Avengers own dark shadow this weekend with an expected domestic gross of around $35 million. Drawing only mediocre response from critics, the riff on the cultish 1960s TV soap opera also stars Michelle Pfeiffer and Helena Bonham Carter.
Think Like a Man, Sonys ensemble adaptation of Steve Harveys bestselling dating book, will continue to attract attention in its fourth weekend at around $5 million, pushing its overall total into the $80 million range. Not bad for a movie that only cost $12 million to make.
Lionsgates The Hunger Games, Warner Bros. The Lucky One and Sonys The Pirates! Band of Misfits will all earn in the $2 million to $4 million range, rounding out the rest of the weekends top five.