Puny Potter. Disney’s The Avengers smashed the opening weekend record by earning $200.3 million this weekend, according to studio estimates.
The prior record was held by last summer’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows — Part 2, which debuted to $169.2 million. But The Avengers,
directed by Joss Whedon, was the perfect storm: a highly anticipated
3-D action movie that combined the superheroes of several prior Marvel
blockbusters while managing to stand alone as a well-reviewed,
crowd-pleasing film in its own right. Oh, and it had a Hulk.