Weekend box office: Snow White and the Huntsman is tops, but The Avengers continues to set records

Weekend Box Office: Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in Snow White and the Huntsman

I guess the battle of the Snow White films turned out to be much ado about nothing after all.  SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN dominated the weekend box office, hauling in over $56 million.  To put it in perspective, the other Snow White film, which was released almost exactly two months ago, managed to take in $62.5 million during its entire box office run.  I guess the tandem of Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron is more powerful than the teaming of Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Julia Roberts.  I didn’t have a horse in the race, but I hope that the success of SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN doesn’t give Hollywood any ideas to make even more Snow White themed films.

Of course, a weekend box office update wouldn’t be complete without an update on the records that THE AVENGERS is setting.  The film is now officially the third highest grossing film of all time, slipping by THE DARK KNIGHT this past weekend.  But the most impressive record it has set so far is the record for the fastest film to $500 million, hitting the mark in just 23 days.  The previous record holder was AVATAR, which did it in 32 days.  I’m not sure THE AVENGERS can reach the all time record, but it’s definitely on pace to do just that.

Next week sees the release of PROMETHEUS, which I know is high on everyone’s list.  Early reviews have been mixed, but everyone seems to agree it’s visually stunning.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Snow White and the Huntsman $56.1m

2. Men In Black III $28m

3. The Avengers $19.8m

4. Battleship $4.7m.

5. The Dictator $4.6m

6. What To Expect When You’re Expecting $4.5m

7. Best Exotic Marigold Hotel $4.4m

8. Dark Shadows $3.6m

9. The Chernobyl Diaries $2.8m

10. For Greater Glory $1.5


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