The Avengers continues to dominate with a whopping $8m weekend gross

07 May, 2012 by Amanda Diaz

Walt Disney's The Avengers continued to dominate the box office in its second weekend. The film dropped 38 per cent compared to its previous weekend outing despite gaining an extra six screens, but still grossed a whopping $8,232,502 million, bringing its total to date to more than $31 million.

The movie opened in the US on Friday and broke opening weekend records with a gross of $200 million. The previous weekend record holder in America was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 ($169.2 million)


Universal's The Five-Year Engagement opened in second place, taking $1.9 million across 276 screens. The romantic comedy stars Emily Blunt and Jason Segel and features Jacki Weaver in her first Hollywood role since being nominated for an Oscar for her performance in Animal Kingdom.

“I just thought it was so charming with such a great sense of humour that I couldn’t have thought of a better way to start working in America,” Weaver told IF Magazine of the film. 

Scott Hicks's The Lucky One dropped to third place ($617,444), with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ($505,147) and Roadshow's Act of Valour rounding out the top five ($432,795). 

Hopscotch/EOne's film Wish You Were Here remains number one of the limited release list (films that have only ever screened on less than 50 screens), but lost 24 per cent, dropping from ninth to tenth place on the overall chart. The film took a further $211,596 over the weekend, bringing its total gross to $644,743.

Australian films at the box office in 2012