Marvel’s Avengers movie has snatched the record for the highest grossing opening weekend in US cinema history from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.
The film, released in the UK as Avengers Assemble, took $207 million (£128 million) at the weekend, compared with $169 million (£104 million) for the final instalment of the Harry Potter franchise last July.
The Avengers couldn’t beat Potter’s first day takings record of $91 million (£56 million) but overtook it during the following two days.
The superhero collective joins three other costumed crusaders – Marvel’s Spider-Man and Iron Man and DC’s Batman – in a top ten which demonstrates a huge appetite for fantasy-laden movies.
Along with the superheroes, there are two films about boy wizard Harry Potter, two instalments in the Twilight vampire saga, the post-apocalyptic Hunger Games and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which features a crew of supernatural beings.
Read our review of Avengers Assemble