LOS ANGELES–Lots of superheroes add up to lots of money for “The Avengers.”
The film featuring a team of Marvel Comics heroes pulled in US$80.5 million in its domestic debut Friday, the second-best haul ever on opening day.
“The Avengers” trails only last year’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which took in US$91.1 million in its first day on the way to a record weekend of US$169.2 million.
The huge opening for “The Avengers” launches what’s expected to be a colossal summer for Hollywood, whose domestic revenues already were running 14 percent ahead of last year’s going into the weekend.
Summer season began a year ago with the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor,” one of the solo superhero sagas that led to “The Avengers.” “Thor” earned a respectable US$65.7 million for the entire weekend, while “The Avengers” brought in far more than that in a single day.
The superhero summer continues through July with two more blockbusters in the making: “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
Produced by Disney’s Marvel Studios unit, “The Avengers” already is more than halfway toward beating the opening weekends of the second and third films on the debut charts.
At No. 2 is the Batman film “The Dark Knight” with US$158.4 million in its first three days, while this spring’s blockbuster “The Hunger Games” is No. 3 with US$152.5 million.
“The Avengers” opened a week earlier in many overseas markets, where it has pulled in blockbuster cash in a matter of days.