‘The Avengers’ ready to pummel ‘Battleship’
LOS ANGELES, April 27 — Bring together Marvel Comics’ superheroes Thor, Captain America, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk into a powerhouse film, and the assembled team of The Avengers not only save the world but make a huge impact on box offices around the globe.
With “The Avengers” releasing in 42 international markets this week, ahead of the North American opening on May 4, the blockbuster is poised to wipe out last week’s top sci-fi action-adventure at sea, “Battleship”, starring Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson.
Starring the actors who made the Marvel heroes blockbuster hits, “The Avengers” features Robert Downey Jr, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, as well as Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as sharpshooting archer Hawkeye and Mark Ruffalo as The Incredible Hulk.
In addition, Samuel L. Jackson plays Nick Fury, who assembles the team for SHIELD, and Tom Hiddleston as the arch-enemy Loki, determined to destroy the planet.
Already, box offices are delivering a strong response to “The Avengers” with an US$8 million (RM24 million) start, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with Australia’s second highest opening, just US$1 million shy of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2”.
“The Avengers” has broken records for an opener in New Zealand (US$800,000) and Taiwan (US$1.2 million).
The film is opening in European markets, with a hefty US$3 million from France so far, and it’s expected to do well in the UK and Sweden, in Asian markets including Hong Kong and Vietnam, and across Latin America from Brazil to Panama, as well as India, Israel and Iceland.
The North American release of “The Avengers” is expected to collect US$150 million for its opening, adding to the outstanding numbers anticipated internationally and tracking more than 200 per cent more than “Iron Man 2” in some territories.