Box office roundup: "Battleship" can't stay afloat against "Marvel's The Avengers"

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Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson)

In a shock to really no one paying attention to the box-office the last three weeks, Marvel’s The Avengers capsized, sunk and every other sea-related pun you can think of regarding “Battleshipto remain #1 at the box office with a $55 million gross.

Here’s this week’s roundup:

1.“Marvel’s The Avengers” – ($55 million; $457 million – third week) Iron Man and company remained on top, cracked the $450 million barrier and became the new #5 U.S. highest grossing film with $457 million. By Wednesday at the latest, it should eclipse #4 “Star Wars – Episode IV – A New Hope,” which has $460.9 million. Worldwide, it’s earned $1.18 billion for the highest grossing fourth spot on those charts just a bit earlier than the domestic front. Now it trails “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 2″ with $1.32 billion and then faces the James Cameron combo of “Titanic” ($1.8 billion) and “Avatar” ($2.78 billion).

2. “Battleship” – Brought in $25.3 million in its debut week. The person I feel for the most in this is Taylor Kitsch, who with this film’s poor showing in addition to “John Carter’s” underwhelming box office take, has really had a miserable 2012 and his chance of being a box office star has taken a major blow.

3.“The Dictator” – ($17.4 million; $24.4 million total – debut week)  Looks like the gag’s just about over for Sacha Baron Cohen as his latest failed to make much of an impact, despite getting a two-day head start on “Battleship” with a Wednesday opening. The combined take of the second and third grossing films this weekend wasn’t enough to beat out “The Avengers.”

4. “Dark Shadows” – ($12.8 million; $50.9 million – second week). Now in its second week, The Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaboration wasn’t able to make as much total as “The Avengers” did in its third weekend.

5. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” – ($10.5 million; debut week) Certainly not a fifth-place finish for a film starring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. Is J-Lo really sure now is the time to quit “American Idol?”

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