‘Avengers': How it Fares vs. Other Superhero Films

ALTWhen it comes to superheroes, this weekend’s opening release of The Avengers proved that more is always better. The superhero team featuring Iron Man, Captain America, The Hulk, Thor, Hawkeye, and Black Widow, raked in more than $200 million in box office sales — making it the biggest opening of all time! 

While that is indeed a super-power achievement, the Marvel Comics clan are less impressive when they are forced to battle evil on their own.

Even a technologically advanced superhero like Iron Man couldn’t come up with numbers anywhere close to The Avengers when it first debuted four years ago. The 2008 film starring Robert Downey, Jr.  grossed $98.6 million in box office sales its opening weekend, and that far exceeded its superhero counterparts. 

While Thor earned the title as having the highest-grossing opening weekend for a superhero film in 2011 it took in far less, $65.7 million. 
And coming in just behind it was that same year’s Captain America: The First Avenger with $65.1 million. But it was the Hulk who was green with envy as he pulled up the rear with $62.1.

Speaking of green, it was thought after last year’s poor showing of both Green Lantern ($21.6 million opening day) and The Green Hornet ($11.1) that superheros were anything but powerful at the box office, but it’s looking like that is no longer the case.

Someone alert Batman.

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Before joining the Hollywood.com team, Lisa spent one year traveling the world in search of culture, and a country that wasn't Kardashian obsessed. FYI: none exist. But since she wasn't born a Hilton — and therefore needed multiple jobs to pay for the many airline miles — she wrote about her trip experiences and other celebrities for 'TV Guide,' 'InTouch,' 'OK!,' 'Redbook,' 'Marie Claire' and many others. Her last job was as a senior associate editor at EW.com, and she blames her love for reality TV and teen dramas on the little amount of sleep she gets thanks to her newest title, Mom.

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