The Avengers collects $218 million till Monday

MUMBAI: Disney and Marvel Studios appear to have a runaway hit on their hands. Joss Whedon‘s superhero film The Avengers has been continuously doing a terrific business overseas, where its total through Monday has reached $218 million.

The Avengers, which only began rolling out at the international box office late last week, is easily on track to become the most successful title produced in-house by Marvel Studios, besting the $623 million worldwide gross of 2010‘s Iron Man 2.
And the 3D film which unites many of Marvel‘s marquee superheroes has also reportedly done good business on Tuesday as a May Day holiday was observed in many foreign markets.
At this pace, Avengers‘ foreign gross likely will grow to $350 million-$400 million by Sunday, boosted by its debut in Russia and China this weekend.
Avengers will open on Thursday in North America, where it‘s widely expected to debut north of $150.
Bullish box office observers believe Avengers could finish the weekend with a global gross well north of $500 million if not closer to $600 million.
Last summer, Marvel‘s Thor grossed $449.3 million worldwide, while Captain America: The First Avenger earned $368.6 million.

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