Box office update: 'Avengers' easily holds off 'Dark Shadows', scores gigantic $29.1 million Friday

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Sorry, Captain Jack, but Captain America isn’t ready to give up the top spot at the box office yet!

In its second weekend in theaters, The Avengers is still breaking records — this time, it’s headed for the best second weekend in box office history. The superhero ensemble film took in a gargantuan $29.1 million on Friday, which should lead to a weekend in the $95-105 million range — far more than current record holder Avatar, which earned $75.6 million in its second frame.

Tonight, on its ninth day of release, The Avengers will cross the $300 million mark (it’s made $299.1 million so far), and on Sunday it will soar past $350 million. No film has ever reached those milestones faster.

Way back in second was Warner Brothers’ new Tim Burton/Johnny Depp collaboration Dark Shadows, which earned a lackluster $9.7 million on Friday. The adaptation of the ’70s vampire soap, which earned an unenthusiastic “B-” CinemaScore grade, will be lucky to break $30 million over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Bad news considering the film’s $125 million budget.

The rest of the Top 5 was made up of holdovers. Think Like a Man grossed $1.6 million yesterday and will finish the weekend with about $5 million. The Lucky One finished close behind with $1.3 million, and The Hunger Games ended up in fifth with $1.2 million. Both films should earn about $4 million.

Check back tomorrow for the full box office report, and follow me on Twitter for up-to-the-minute box office updates!

More on EW.com:
Box office preview: Can Johnny Depp escape the ‘Dark Shadows’ of ‘The Avengers’?
The bizarre, brotherly bond between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton


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