When you were watching the last hour or so of The Avengers, you might have been thinking something along the lines of, "Holy crap, I can't believe Hulk just did [insert incredible thing here]!" That's not what the number-minded folks at the Kinetic Analysis Corporation thought, though. They were more along the lines of, "Holy crap, I can't believe Hulk just did [insert incredibly high cost of structural damage here]!"
Who is the Kinetic Analysis Corporation, you ask? Aside from sounding like a made up company in a sci-fi movie, they're one of the nation's top disaster-assessment firms, and The Hollywood Reporter contracted them to perform an analysis of the financial burden the invasion from the Cosmic Cube-loving Chitauri would have placed on New York City. Unsurprisingly, the numbers they came up with are pretty high.
They estimate the physical damage caused by the Chitauri (and our heroes' fight against them) would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $60-70 billion, while the cleanup costs would be an even higher $90 billion, bringing the total to some $160 billion. By comparison, the 2011 Japanese tsunami cost $122 billion.
You can read the whole report here, which addresses how the damage was assessed and what exactly would be needed to clean it up, or watch Bloomberg's news report on it below: