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‘Marvel’s The Avengers’: $500 Million Globally By Sunday?

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Hulk smash. According to numbers released by Disney, “Marvel’s The Avengers” has already grossed $218.2 million internationally, including $33.1 million on Monday. Couple that lofty number with foreign openings in Russia and China on Friday, and “The Avengers” could reach $400 million internationally by Sunday night.

And then there’s the domestic potential.

Pre-release tracking has the Joss Whedon film on course for at least $150 million during its three-day opening weekend — and perhaps more. After all, not only is excitement for the Marvel film at fevered levels, but “The Avengers” will have the benefit of being in 3D — an extravagance not afforded to last month’s box-office hit, “The Hunger Games.” All told, “The Avengers” could gross $600 million worldwide within its first week of release.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” hold the U.S. record for biggest opening weekend with $169.1 million in sales. “The Dark Knight” and “The Hunger Games” are in second and third, respectively, with $158.4 million and $152.5 million.

For more on “Marvel’s The Avengers” and its box-office domination, check back to HuffPost Entertainment this weekend.






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