September 2, 2012


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Written by: Mitch Metcalf
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The summer’s two powerhouses crossed significant milestones in worldwide box office, with Marvel’s The Avengers getting to $1.5 billion and The Dark Knight Rises crossing $1 billion.  Avengers is the #3 movie on the all-time worldwide box office list (far behind #2 Titanic‘s $2.185 billion).  Dark Knight Rises is currently #12 all time (just behind #11 Alice in Wonderland‘s $1.024 billion).  Conceivably, it could get to #10 all time (in between the $1.044 billion for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and the $1.027 billion for Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace).  

Ice Age: Continental Drift is finally starting to slow down overseas (up a relatively small $10 million overseas since last week).  The worldwide total for Ice Age 4 will probably settle around a phenomenal $845 million.

The Expendables 2 had a good week overseas (up $44 million to $67 million overseas to date).  The sequel should easily get to a fairly decent $200 million overseas (but still well below the $274 million worldwide total for the original film — $103 million domestic and $171 million overseas two years ago).


About the Author

Mitch Metcalf
MITCH METCALF has been tracking every US film release of over 500 screens (over 2300 movies and counting) since the storied weekend of May 20, 1994, when Maverick and Beverly Hills Cop 3 inspired countless aficionados to devote their lives to the art of cinema. Prior to that, he studied Politics and Economics at Princeton in order to prepare for his dream of working in television. He has been Head of West Coast Research at ABC, then moved to NBC in 2000 and became Head of Scheduling for 11 years.