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“Marvel's The Avengers” to Cross $1 Billion Globally in 19 Days

<p class='bwalignc'> <i><b>Super Hero team-up tallies an estimated $373.2 million domestic, $628.9 million international</b></i> </p>

Sunday, May 13, 2012

“Marvel's The Avengers” to Cross $1 Billion Globally in 19 Days11:51 EDT Sunday, May 13, 2012 BURBANK, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Marvel's The Avengers is expected to cross the $1 billion threshold at the global box office on May 13, its 19th day in release, The Walt Disney Studios has announced. This is the first Marvel Studios film and the fifth Walt Disney Studios release to reach this important milestone. The news comes just a week after Marvel's The Avengers shattered records with a $207.4 million opening weekend, the biggest domestic debut of all time. The film has now earned an estimated $373.2 million at the domestic box office and $628.9 million internationally. As one of only 12 films in history to gross $1 billion, it joins Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Alice in Wonderland, Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 3, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides on Disney's list of billion-dollar films. “We're obviously thrilled with the global success of The Avengers,” said Robert A. Iger, Disney's Chairman and CEO. “It's a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.” Marvel's The Avengers has set several domestic box office records including the industry's all-time second weekend record with an estimated $103.2 million, fastest film to reach $200 million (3 days), fastest to $300 million (in a record 9 days), and highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals. In addition, its opening day of $80.8 million is the second-highest single-day gross of all time. Moviegoers gave Marvel's The Avengers a rare A+ CinemaScore. Internationally, Marvel's The Avengers began opening April 25 and is the biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. Marvel's The Avengers has now opened in all major markets except Japan (August 17). On May 8, Disney announced that a sequel to Marvel'sThe Avengers was in development, following last month's announcement that a follow-up to 2011's Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to last summer's Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, and the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013. Marvel's The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios. About Marvel's The Avengers Marvel Studios presents Marvel's The Avengers – the team up of a lifetime, featuring iconic Marvel Super Heroes Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow. When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D., finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, and directed by Joss Whedon, Marvel's The Avengers is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since. Marvel's The Avengers is presented by Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures. The film was produced by Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige and executive produced by Alan Fine, Jon Favreau, Stan Lee, Louis D'Esposito, Patricia Whitcher, Victoria Alonso and Jeremy Latcham. The story was by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon and the screenplay was by Joss Whedon. The film is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. About Marvel Entertainment Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world's most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing and publishing. For more information visit www.marvel.com. The Walt Disney StudiosPaul Roeder, 818-560-6166