Move over "Star Wars," "Twilight," "Dark Knight," "Hunger Games," "Transformers," and "Shrek." "Marvel's The Avengers" has barreled its way to the second-highest single day gross in movie history, sweeping up $80.5 million domestically from 4,349 theaters.
That number places it behind only "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2," which rang up $91 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
A strong Friday is obviously a good omen for a movie vying for a record opening weekend. THR notes "Deathly Hallows Part 2" went on to score the highest opening weekend of all time by earning $169.2 million. Many believe "The Avengers" may bring in over $170 million, which would make the first Marvel movie marketed by Disney the new king of the domestic box office.
The film collected $18.7 million from midnight showings alone, the highest midnight open for a superhero movie.
"Avengers" has also been killing it at the international box office, having already raked in over $300 million. The film has already passed all other Marvel movies' lifetime grosses except "Iron Man," and is expected to pass that film by Saturday at the latest.
It's worth noting that "The Avengers" is available in 3-D, and thus benefits from a higher average per-ticket gross.
Here at HuffPost Entertainment, we had a battle of "Avengers" proportions. Two editors faced off on the matter of whether or not the film lives up to the massive amount of hype surrounding it. You can read the arguments in favor and against that proposition -- and add your vote to the debate -- here.
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