Marvel's The Avengers continued its amazing pace on Tuesday with a first place performance of $17.68 million. Disney's ensemble superhero film fell 6 percent from Tuesday. First-Tuesday declines for other recent Marvel blockbusters in May have included 6 percent for 2008's Iron Man, 11 percent for 2010's Iron Man 2 and 22 percent for 2007's Spider-Man 3.
The Avengers has grossed $244.01 million through its first five days of release. That represents the largest five-day start of all-time; easily topping the $203.77 million five-day start of 2008's The Dark Knight. The Avengers is currently running 20 percent stronger than The Dark Knight, 80 percent stronger than 2002's Spider-Man and 111 percent stronger than Iron Man. Given the massive size of its midweek grosses on Monday and Tuesday, The Avengers looks to be an absolute lock to demolish the all-time largest second weekend record (currently held by Avatar with a second weekend take of $75.62 million).
Internationally, The Avengers grossed $24.3 million on Tuesday. That places the film's current international total at $500.1 million and worldwide haul at $744.1 million.
Sony's Think Like a Man held steady in a distant second place with $0.709 million. The ensemble comedy from Screen Gems was up 9 percent over Monday, though that did represent one of the day's poorer daily holds among wide releases, as holdovers in general were up significantly over Monday. Think Like a Man has grossed a stronger than expected $74.499 million in 19 days and is set to reach the $75 million mark today.
In platform release, Fox Searchlight's The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel remained strong with $86,841 from 21 locations. That gave the John Madden directed film starring Judi Dench a per-location average of $3,216 for the day. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was up 10 percent over Monday's performance and has grossed $902,623 in five days. The film is set to receive a significant theatre expansion on Friday.