KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Regal Entertainment Group (NYSE: RGC), a leading motion picture exhibitor owning and operating the largest theatre circuit in the United States, today announced that the opening weekend of ‘Marvel's The Avengers' surpasses previous company and domestic exhibition records. Regal earned an unprecedented $42 million in gross admissions revenue beginning with a massive midnight audience that started gathering Thursday and continued throughout the weekend with a busy box office.
"Regal was thrilled to host such a large and appreciative crowd this past weekend. ‘Marvel's The Avengers' is being well-received by both critics and our guests which leads to further interest in the film with great word-of-mouth advertising and a desire by many moviegoers to see it again," stated Greg Dunn, President and COO of Regal Entertainment Group. "Regal's $42 million for ‘The Avengers' opening weekend is a tremendous start to an impressive slate of summer movies."
Regal Entertainment Group generated additional interest in ‘Marvel's The Avengers' by hosting a day-long event showcasing previous Marvel films. Thousands of fans attended the special movie event on Thursday at 78 Regal theatres to watch four previously released superhero movies before enjoying the much-anticipated midnight premiere.
Sunday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers will have an international cume of $441.5 million by the end of this weekend. If that and the domestic estimate of $200.3 million both stick, then the worldwide cume will be a staggering $641.8 million.
Other international grosses from this weekend:
American Reunion: $34 million from 4,672 locations in 48 territories. International cume = $117.2 million.
Battleship: $11 million from 9,080 locations in 52 territories. International cume = $200.1 million.
Janaat 2: $6.1 million from 1,970 locations in India. International cume = $6.1 million.
The Lucky One: $5.5 million from 2,100 locations in 27 markets. International cume = $18 million.
Titanic 3D: $4.2 million from 3,054 locations in 54 markets. International cume = $276.2 million.
Dr. Seuss' The Lorax: $2.7 million from 2,606 locations in 45 territories. International cume = $92.4 million.
Saturday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers took in $30.3 million internationally on Friday, pushing its international cume to $334.3 million. The worldwide total is currently $414.8 million.
Friday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers crossed the $300 million mark internationally on Thursday thanks to an $22.9 million haul.
Thursday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers has reached $281.1 million internationally after grabbing $20.6 million on Wednesday.
In just 8 days of release, The Avengers has already passed the total international box office cume for Captain America ($192M), Iron Man ($267M) and Thor ($268M).
Wednesday Update: Disney reports that The Avengers has now hit $260.5 million internationally after raking in $42.3 million on Tuesday.
The official release from Disney:
MARVEL'S THE AVENGERS (Marvel Studios) began its record-breaking worldwide rollout opening in 39 international territories representing 70% of the international marketplace. The film opens in the U.S. on May 4th.
Estimated international cume through 4/29 is $178.4 MILLION.
• Biggest opening weekend ever in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand, The Philippines.
• Biggest opening days in New Zealand, Taiwan, Iceland & Malaysia
• Opened #1 in every market.
Details by key territory
Australia - represents the 2nd highest opening weekend of all-time and the highest Disney and Marvel opening weekend ever. (Editor's Note: Research into Australia's box office grosses indicates that Avengers managed the 2nd biggest 1st 5 days [Wed-Sun], not the 2nd biggest weekend.)
Korea - represents the 5th highest western opening weekend of all-time and the highest Disney and Marvel opening weekend ever.
Taiwan - represents the highest openingweekend of all-time!
Hong Kong - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Malaysia - highest opening weekend of all-time!
New Zealand - highest opening weekend of all-time!
The Philippines - highest opening weekend of all-time! The Saturday was the highest grossing single day in history!
Vietnam - 2nd highest opening weekend of all-time and highest Disney/Marvel opening weekend ever.
India - 3rd highest western opening weekend of all-time and highest Disney/Marvel opening weekend ever.
UK - represents the highest superhero opening ever and highest Disney 3-day opening weekend ever
Argentina - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Brazil - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Mexico - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Ecuador - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Central America - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Peru - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Bolivia - highest opening weekend of all-time!
Other points of note
This weekend number does not include any GBO for China, Russia or Japan. China and Russia open next week while Japan opens in August.
SANTA MONICA, CA -- LIONSGATE® (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, announced today that Francis Lawrence has officially signed on to direct CATCHING FIRE, the sequel to THE HUNGER GAMES, based on the second in a series of books by Suzanne Collins that has 36 million copies in circulation in the US alone. The announcement was made by Lionsgate's Motion Picture Group Co-Chairmen Patrick Wachsberger and Rob Friedman.
Lawrence, who is represented by CAA and 3 Arts Entertainment, has experience directing films that make him uniquely suited to handle the blend of character driven drama and high stakes action of CATCHING FIRE; among them are I AM LEGEND, CONSTANTINE, and WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.
"Lionsgate, the cast, and filmmakers are all thrilled to have Francis Lawrence come on board as director of Catching Fire. Suzanne's brilliant book is the intense story of the birth of the rebellion and Katniss' emotionally charged journey as she takes on the mantle of the Mockingjay, and we all think Francis is the perfect director to bring the story to life," said Erik Feig, Lionsgate's President Of Production.
"From the very beginning of this brilliant trilogy's journey from page to screen, our first priority has been to stay true to the heart and soul of Suzanne Collins' powerful stories. From my first conversation with Francis, I knew he would make a great partner for both me and Suzanne. His passion for Catching Fire and inspired ideas for a faithful adaptation make him the perfect director for this movie. I know this will be a wonderful collaboration and I cannot wait to get started," echoed producer Nina Jacobson.
Said Francis, "It is truly an honor and a privilege to bring Catching Fire, the second chapter of Suzanne's beloved trilogy, to the big screen. I fell in love with the characters, the themes and the world she created and this chapter opens all of these elements up in such a thrilling, emotional and surprising way. I can't wait to dive right into it and bring this chapter to life along with the truly superb cast and filmmakers involved."
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will reprise their roles as Katniss, Peeta and Gale, with Lenny Kravitz, Elizabeth Banks, Stanley Tucci, Donald Sutherland, Toby Jones, and Woody Harrelson also returning to their respective roles. The film will be produced by Jacobson's Color Force in tandem with producer Jon Kilik. Production is slated to begin this Fall, and the film will be released on November 22, 2013.
THE HUNGER GAMES has broken many box office records since it opened on March 23, 2012. It achieved the highest grossing opening weekend ever for any non-sequel film and the third biggest opening weekend in box office history. It has already grossed $373 million at the North American box office, ranking in the top 20 films of all time, and it recently crossed the $600 million mark in worldwide box office.