Marvel's The Avengers continued its amazing launch on Monday with a first place take of $18.899 million. Disney's blockbuster ensemble superhero film fell 67 percent from Sunday's already strong hold. That compares favorably with first-Monday declines for recent Marvel blockbusters in May, which have included declines of 74 percent for 2007's Spider-Man 3, 73 percent for 2008's Iron Man, 70 percent for 2010's Iron Man 2 and 68 percent for last year's Thor. Going all the way back to 2002, Spider-Man fell 65 percent on its first Monday. Based on those comparisons, the first Monday hold for The Avengers is another great early sign for the film on the heels of its record breaking start this past weekend.
With a four-day start of $226.34 million, The Avengers has generated the largest four-day start of all-time; easily topping the $187.23 million four-day start of last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. The Avengers is currently running 24 percent stronger than 2008's The Dark Knight, 80 percent stronger than Spider-Man (without taking into account ticket price inflation) and 108 percent stronger than Iron Man.
Internationally, The Avengers grossed $28.4 million on Monday. That places the film's international total at $475.8 million. The film has already topped the $700 million worldwide mark with a current worldwide total of $702.1 million.
Sony's Think Like a Man placed in a distant second for the day with $0.654 million. The Screen Gems ensemble comedy featuring Kevin Hart was down 69 percent form Sunday and down 48 percent from last Monday. The 18-day total for Think Like a Man stands at a stronger than expected $73.79 million.
The Hunger Games placed in fourth for the day with $0.425 million. In the process, the Lionsgate blockbuster overtook Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 for 13th place on the all-time unadjusted domestic chart. The 46-day total for The Hunger Games stands at $381.04 million.
Fox Searchlight's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel continued to post strong location numbers in platform release. The John Madden directed film starring Judi Dench grossed $78,831 on Monday, giving it a per-location average of $2,916 from 27 locations. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was down 65 percent from Sunday and has grossed $815,782 in four days. The film has already had a strong international showing, especially in the United Kingdom and Australia.