**Check the latest box office numbers with Memorial Day update and its history-making climb up the current all-time charts here**
As of today, “Marvel’s The Avengers” has grossed $380 million – good for #13 on the U.S. all-time highest grossing chart.
It’s only trailing #12’s “The Hunger Games” by $6.5 million, it’s safe to assume that Avengers will be at or knocking at the Top 10 as we head to Friday.
Much more interesting to note is the current trend of the film’s box office take. Last weekend it saw a 50 percent drop, but that was still a record. This weekend, brings the first real challenger to the #1 spot atop the box office with Universal’s “Battleship.” Never underestimate the fanbase who just wants to watch stuff get blown up even if “Battleship’s” aliens come to Earth to take over seems more than a bit familiar in the wake of a similar storyline in “The Avengers.” And “Battleship” doesn’t have Iron Man flying around either.
So let’s say “Avengers” remains on top for another week and has another moderate decline to bring in $50 to $60 million this weekend. If the gross is on the high-end with $60 million to take it to $440 million, it would beat out “Shrek 2,” which sits at $436 million for fifth place.
If “Avengers” just brings in another $50 million, that would just be good for #8, knocking out “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” which has $423 million. Jar Jar Binks would be able to maintain #7 for another few days as “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” has $431 million.
With more and more summer competition arriving on a weekly basis, it will be interesting to see “The Avengers'” long-term staying power. For perspective, it still trails #3’s highest grosser “The Dark Knight” by $153 million and is $380 million away from “Avatar’s” #1 ranking.
Anyone think they can do it?