After a three week stint at #1, "The Avengers" was dethroned by "Men in Black 3" Memorial Day weekend. Although experts estimated before the "Men in Black 3" premiere that the threequel would make nearly $80 million domestically, the Barry Sonnenfeld film took an estimated $70 million four-day weekend gross to "The Avengers'" estimated $47.1 million.
While "Men in Black" and "Men in Black 2" premiered during the weekend of July 4, it seems as though the Memorial Day open of "Men in Black 3" may have had a positive effect on the film, as the three-day weekend gross of $55 million is slightly higher than either of its predecessors. "Men in Black's" opening weekend made $51 million while "Men in Black 2" opened to $52.1 million. Both films were the #1 film at their premiere. "Men in Black 3's" performance is impressive, considering the last installment in the franchise was nearly 10 years ago ("Men in Black 2" opened in July 2002).
Although "The Avengers" lost the top grossing spot this weekend, it didn't go without breaking a few more box-office records. Over the weekend, it became the fastest film to break the $500 million domestic mark with a current global gross of $1.3 billion -- only about $30 million behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2." Although the Marvel/Disney blockbuster was down 34% from last weekend, it still managed to score the second-highest fourth weekend ever behind "Avatar." Currently at $513.7 million domestic, "The Avengers" currently only needs about $20 million to surpass "The Dark Knight's" lifetime $533.3 million domestic gross and take third place on the top domestic grossing films of all time.
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