Despite three new nationwide releases, The Avengers emerged as the number one film for the third weekend in a row. The film grossed an estimated $55 million this weekend which brings it’s domestic total to $457 million. Industry analysts predict that The Avengers will surpass the domestic gross of The Dark Knight ($533 million) in the coming weeks. It had a decline of 46.6%, an even smaller decline than last week.

The three new nationwide films all had poor openings. Battleship opened to an estimated $25.3 million, a flop when you consider the film had a budget of approximately $209 million. Luckily for Universal pictures, the film has already made $215 million in foreign markets.

The Dictator made an estimated $17.4 million this weekend. This brings it’s five day total to $24 million. This is down from Sacha Baron Cohen’s last film, Bruno, which grossed $30 million in it’s opening weekend.

The other major release this weekend was the ensemble comedy What To Expect When You’re Expecting. Despite a large cast and a recognizable name, the film opened in fifth place with an estimated $10.5 million. This is a very disappointing opening for a film starring Cameron Diaz, Chris Rock and Jennifer Lopez.

  1. The Avengers – $55 million
  2. Battleship – $25.3 million
  3. The Dictator – 17.4 million
  4. Dark Shadows – $12.7 million
  5. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $10.5 million
  6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $3.2 million
  7. The Hunger Games – $3 million
  8. Think Like a Man – $2.7 million
  9. The Lucky One – $1.7 million
  10. The Pirates! Band of Misfits – $1.4 million