The Avengers breaks Harry Potter’s US box office record

The Marvel blockbuster notches up America’s highest grossing weekend opener – but what else is in the fantasy-laden top ten?

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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.

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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.

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Read our review of Avengers Assemble