Marvel’s ‘The Avengers’ smashed in at number one at the South African box office this past long weekend with a phenomenal Hulk-sized opening weekend.
Fans took advantage of the extended long weekend and as of the end of Tuesday 1 May, the film had reached a R15 203 072.00 gross at the box office.
Audiences flocked to be first to see the critically loved movie, making it the biggest three-day weekend (Friday to Sunday) in South Africa of all time, bringing in a gross of R8.5-million in the three-day period. The film also set a number of additional records, including the biggest Friday (27 April 2012) and the biggest Sunday (29 April 2012) in local box office history.
South Africans were not the only ones celebrating the assembling of some of Marvel Comics’ most iconic comic characters. The international box office totalled R1.427-billion on the weekend and saw ‘The Avengers’ open at number one in all 39 countries released so far, with many countries also seeing their biggest opening weekends of all time, including Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Central America, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, New Zealand and The Philippines.
Directed by Joss Whedon, the film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddleston, with Stellan Skarsgard and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with screenplay by Joss Whedon.