Avengers tops $1b in record-breaking run

The Avengers has earnt more than $1 billion at the global box office. Photo / AP
The Avengers has earnt more than $1 billion at the global box office. Photo / AP

The Avengers has smashed through the US$1 billion (NZ$1.3b) mark in global box office earnings, after the record-breaking movie slayed its rivals again on its second weekend.

The comic book superhero blockbuster made $103.1 million over the weekend in North America, following its $207 million opening weekend, the highest-earning debut on record, said box office tracker Exhibitor Relations.

Globally the high-thrills Disney action adventure movie, directed by cult favorite Joss Whedon in collaboration with Marvel Comics, has made $1,002,082,000, according to industry website IMDb.

The success of the movie - made for an estimated $220 million - will help mitigate Disney's huge $200 million loss on sci-fi fantasy film John Carter in March, which prompted the departure of Walt Disney Studios boss Rich Ross.

The Avengers, a superhero band including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America and Thor, pounded Tim Burton's new Johnny Depp vampire flick Dark Shadows, which earned about $29.7 million in its debut weekend.

Romantic comedy Think Like A Man slipped into third place earning $5.8 million.

Smash action hit The Hunger Games was in the fourth spot in its eighth week on the big screen.

The movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, earned $4.5 million and has raked in more than $387 million since its opening.

In fifth place was tearjerker drama The Lucky One, an adaptation of a Nicholas Sparks book starring Zac Efron of High School Musical fame as a US soldier back from Iraq.

The movie made $4.1 million in its fourth weekend.


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