'The Avengers' Shatters Box Office Records

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May 6 2012, Published 1:51 p.m. ET

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The Avengers has had the biggest opening weekend in Hollywood history. The action pic starring Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Chris Hemsworth, is on track to pull in stunning $200.3 million this weekend.

That knocks Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 clear out of the record books with its $169.1 million opening last summer.

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The Avengers opened 12 days ago in several foreign markets, breaking records in many of those locations as well.

Another megahit this weekend, on a much smaller scale, is The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With a superstar cast of a slightly different age --  Judi Dench, Maggie Smith and Tom Wilkinson --  it pulled in a colossal  $750,000 opening in just 27 theaters.  The plan is to roll it out to more theaters as word-of-mouth spreads.


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