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 Battleship to 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?