The Avengers is off to a high-flying start at the box office!
The ensemble superhero film grossed an estimated $18.7 million from midnight showings across the country, according to Disney. Of that number, $1.3 million came from 273 IMAX screens.
The Avengers‘ figure slightly trails The Hunger Games, which pulled in $19.7 million at midnight on the way to a $152.5 million opening, but it’s ahead of The Dark Knight, which earned $18.5 million from midnight screenings and $158 million in its debut weekend. Thus, a finish in the $150 million range — as EW is predicting – seems likely.