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Right now, three days and three days only in the United States, Joss Whedon’s feature film directorial debut, “The Avengers”, has already made $641.8 million across the world.
Can anybody comprehend that number?
What would you do with that money?
A whopping $200.3 million of it came from the past three days in this country alone domestically, where theater guests were frequently turned down because the screenings were sold out. Clearly, they still hung around and made it to later screenings, and I’m sure more than just a couple people saw it more than once. Here’s a list of the ten biggest revenue-producing opening weekends for films released in the United States.
1. Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” (2012) $200,300,000* (approximation as of May 6th)
2. David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 2” (2011) $169,189,427
3. Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight” (2008) $158,411,483
4. Gary Ross’ “The Hunger Games” (2012) $152,535,747
5. Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3” (2007) $151,116,516
6. Chris Weitz’s “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” (2009) $142,839,137
7. Bill Condon’s “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1” (2011) $138,122,261
8. Gore Verbinski’s “Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” (2006) $135,634,554
9. Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man 2” (2010) $128,122,480
10. David Yates’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows: Part 1” (2010) $125,017,372
So… What’s the one single thing that y’all can take away from this here list? Or, here’s a more specific question: What one aspect does every one of these films on this list share with each other?
They’re all, FRANCHISE MOVIES! Every single one of them! Every single one! They are all sequels EXCEPT FOR (wait for it…) “The Hunger Games,” which just so happens to be an adaptation of one of the best-selling books of the last ten years. And guess what… There’s a sequel to the movie coming out next year.
Come on, America. Does anyone have any appreciation for auteurs anymore? Must you make your judgment on what you’re going to see at the theater based on the meaningless spending of your co-dependents? We need somebody like Captain America to restore value within this country, and to make sure that we all have more insight than to see a movie based on how its prequel did fiscally.
I’m not in any way, shape or form trying to shit on “The Avengers.” It was a lot of fun for me (read my review here), but I just can’t see – regardless of how many comic book fans, Robert Downey Jr. lovers and Scarlett Johansson-nude-picture-downloading-pervs are out there in the world – how a movie can make this much money over one single weekend.
Were we conned by the marketing for it, manipulated by the media, consumed by the star power? No. We’re just simplistic American fucks who would rather spend our money on going to see a movie when we actually KNOW what it’s going to be, from beginning to end, thoroughly through each act.
I don’t know… Me, when I go to the movies, I go to see something that I’ve never seen before, something that might surprise me, scare me, make me happier than I’ve been in the past few days, maybe even make me shit my pants (although I’ve never shit my pants at all, never mind in a movie theater!). Maybe I’m just weird, and I am still one of the hundreds of thousands of people who paid to see “The Avengers” this weekend, but I’m also one of the few that’s saying it’s not the best thing since sliced bread.
Let's consider this, though. Chris Nolan's got a "Dark Knight" sequel coming out in less than two months, and there is a new "Spider-Man" series starting up this summer, but Sam Raimi's no longer at the directing job and Tobey McGuire is no longer Spidey. Both of those could potentially threaten this current opening weekend record that "The Avengers" now holds, and any other records that it's going to set over the next two months.
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