The 2012 summer movie season officially kicks off today with The Avengers arriving in theaters, and its race to break box office records began at midnight with the first of many sold out screenings across the country. When all was said and done, Deadline reports that The Avengers made $18.7 million in midnight showings, bringing the film's worldwide total to $322.7 million. But was that enough to break any records?
Actually, yes. With its $18.7 million The Avengers became the first superhero movie to earn that much in its midnight screenings, just barely beating out The Dark Knight's midnight opening of $18.5 million. However, that's about as far as it got, reaching ninth on the all-time midnight record-holder list, coming in behind The Hunger Games, Harry Potter and Twilight. Check out the top ten midnight openings below.
1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 - $43.5 million
2. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 - $30.3 million
3. The Twilight Saga: Eclipse - $30.1 million
4. The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $26.3 million
5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 - $24 million
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - $22.2 million
7. The Hunger Games - $19.7 million
8. The Avengers - $18.7 million
9. The Dark Knight - $18.5 million
10. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith - $16.5 million
The Avengers did, however, break some Marvel records, beating out all of the other Marvel franchise films' midnight openings combined. What will its final weekend number be? Feel free to throw your guesses down below, and we'll report back soon.