'Avengers' ups dollar power with $207.4M opening

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avengers 'Avengers' ups dollar power with $207.4M opening

Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in scene from movie “Marvel’s The Avengers” (AP/Marvel image)

(AP) – “The Avengers” has extended its box-office superpowers with a record $207.4 million opening weekend domestically, an even bigger start than originally projected.

Final figures from distributor Disney on Monday put the film’s debut $7.1 million higher than the studio estimated a day earlier.

With a superstar cast, great reviews and glowing word of mouth from fans, “The Avengers” bounded past the previous record of $169.2 million set by last year’s “Harry Potter” finale.

The Marvel Comics adaptation also has taken in $447.4 million overseas since it started rolling out in international markets a week earlier. That brings its worldwide total to $654.8 million in just 12 days.

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