Well, it seems like The Avengers has hit a chord with quite a few people then, hit a chord to the tune of $200 million over it's opening weekend.
This has eclipsed the previous best opening weekend of $169 million in July 2011 by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 and also means that Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Rises will need to amass a great haul to beat this record.
But when you consider that both The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 3 took just shy of $160 million when they were originally released maybe there is still hope for Christian Bale's latest rendition of the Caped Crusader and The Amazing Spider-Man.
Joss Whedon's opus failed to beat Harry Potter's first day takings record of $91 million but did ultimately exceed it's total over the following two days. It was able to achieve this because no other big films dared to go up against it and these characters been planted into the public subconsciousness over Marvel's last couple of movies with Thor, IronMan, The Hulk, The Black Widow, Captain America and Hawkeye appearing in one another's narratives for a while now.
The Avengers has so far taken $641 million worldwide with it actually being released in a number of other countries before finally hitting American cinemas. No doubt Marvel are already hard at work on the sequel.
Article by Gregory Wakeman