By Dina Ginzburg
THE AVENGERS has earned $600 million in America. Who knew that taking a bunch of superheroes and putting them all into one movie could make that much money? As a general rule, movies that have a bunch of well-known actors tend to flop at the box-office, but THE AVENGERS seems to be the exception.
Six hundred million dollars is nothing to scoff at – only two other movies have managed to earn that much while still in theatres: TITANIC and AVATAR, both directed by James Cameron.
Other Marvel movies have nothing on THE AVENGERS. The money earned from THOR, THE INCREDIBLE HULK and CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER put together is still less than what THE AVENGERS made.
Take a look at the other movies that were able to entice audiences to watch them in theatres:
- The Avengers ($600 million and counting!)
- The Dark Knight
- Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace
- Star Wars
- Shrek 2
- E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
- The Lion King
Interestingly enough, when you look at the top ten Hollywood movies that have made the most at the box-office, the majority are action/thriller movies. It’s quite clear that adventure sells!