After being the number one movie for three weeks in a row, The Avengers had to finally settle for second place. MIB 3 was the highest earning film this weekend with an estimated $55 million. This may not be a great start for the film, but it is a fairly solid debut and it is Will Smith’s third highest opening weekend ever. The attendance for the film was below that of MIB 2, but the sale of 3D tickets was able to bring it’s three day revenue slightly higher than it’s predecessor.

On it’s fourth weekend, The Avengers fell 34% to earn $37 million. This is one of the highest fourth weekends ever, second only to Avatar. On Saturday, the movie crossed the $500 million mark bringing it’s domestic total to $513.7 million. In the coming week, it is expected to pass The Dark Knight to make it the third highest grossing film domestically of all time.

Chernobyl Diaries opened to an awful $8 million, which is well below the Paranormal Activity series started by Oren Peli. This is also well below other recent horror films Cabin in the Woods ($14.7 million) and The Woman in Black ($20.8 million).

Moonrise Kingdom opened to an estimated $509,000. This may not seem impressive, but it is an astounding opening for a film that only played in four theaters. This gives it a per theater average of $127,250, breaking a previous record set by Dreamgirls for per theater average for a live action film. Because of this great opening, it is expected that the film will expand to a nationwide release in the coming weeks.

  1. MIB 3 – $55 million
  2. The Avengers – $37 million
  3. Battleship – $10.8 million
  4. The Dictator – $9.6 million
  5. Chernobyl Diaries – $8 million
  6. Dark Shadows – $7.5 million
  7. What to Expect When You’re Expecting – $7.1 million
  8. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel – $6.3 million
  9. The Hunger Games – $2.7 million
  10. Think Like a Man – $1.4 million