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What do you get when you put 2 master assassins, a demi-god, a super soldier, an egotistic genius and an unstoppable beast together? Besides the weirdest sitcom on late-night television, you get the The Avengers, thanks to Joss Whedon, joining the “one billion dollar club” in record time.

In just 19 days, the Marvel super epic has become the first Marvel film and the fifth Disney film release to reach the billion dollar milestone, making almost five times the $220 million dollar budget to make the film and setting several records in the process.

Estimated to have earned a gross of $373.2 million in North America and $628.9 million in overseas for a worldwide total of $1,002.1 million, The Avengers has climbed to the 11th spot on the all-time worldwide list. Surpassing the $1,001.9 million set by Chris Nolan and The Dark Knight, The Avengers has also become:

* The fastest film to reach $200 million domestically in three days
* The fastest to reach $300 million in nine days
* The highest Saturday ($69.5 million) and Sunday ($57 million) totals of all time
* And the second-biggest single-day gross of all time ($80.8 million).

“We’re obviously thrilled with the global success of ‘The Avengers,'” said Robert A. Iger, Disney’s Chairman and CEO. “It’s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”

Since its record-breaking release in North America, The Avengers has become the biggest opening weekend in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, and United Arab Emirates. With its Japanese release slated for August 17th, the Marvel blockbuster is soon to be the biggest opening comic book movie of all time… if it can get past its competition.

In order in actually break into the top ten of all time, Whedon and company must first get past number 10’s Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton, and make another $22,217,904 or so. As some of us are already going into theaters for our third and fourth times, that could very well become a reality. Fingers crossed.

Source: Coming Soon



There was a time when you needed to create a new type of 3D experience to be successful – and it helps if you happen to be named James Cameron. But James and his space cats can press their lips to the shaft of a n00btube. In just a little over two weeks (16 days to be exact) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 became the fastest selling product to reach the one billion dollar mark.

In the following press release from Activison, Modern Warfare 3 broke the record once held by the 3D overload, Avatar, which previously held the record at 17 days. It only took 24 hours less than that to prove the game’s massive popularity. It sold 6.5 million copies in 24 hours in North America and the UK alone. At about $67 CAD, that’s $435.5 million dollars. Avatar took an entire weekend just to get $77,025,481 domestically.

Here’s the official press release:

Santa Monica, CA- December 12, 2011 – Activision  Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare™ 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in sales since its launch on November 8, 2011, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information. Highlighting the trend of interactive entertainment gaining a greater hold of audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 16 days, eclipsing the record set in 2009 by the feature film “Avatar,” which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days.

While 2011 box office revenue is on the decline – down 4 percent this year at $9.4 billion, compared with $9.8 billion in 2010 — the number of people purchasing and participating in gaming is on the rise, with no sign of slowing.¹ With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid.

¹According to and PricewaterhouseCoopers’Global Entertainment and Media Outlook

Engagement of our Call of Duty audience continues to rise around the world,” said Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard.

Call of Duty® as an entertainment franchise has made an indelible mark on popular culture and its broad and continued success is further validation that audiences are now valuing interactive experiences over passive experiences.

Call of Duty is now amongst that rarified group of sustained franchises like “Star Wars”, “Harry Potter”, “Lord of the Rings” and the National Football League (NFL) that attract or engage tens of millions of people every year or every new release.

Our Call of Duty Elite is one of the fastest growing new online service ever with more than six million players registered since its launch November 8, 2011 and over one million premium subscriptions sold to date.  By comparison, the premium subscription services of Netflix, Hulu Plus, Sirius XM and Xbox® LIVE®, each reached one million paid subscribers after approximately one year.

“Call of Duty has become that rare entertainment franchise that transcends its own genre. Core gamers love it, as our stellar reviews show. But every year, new people are drawn into Call of Duty,” said Eric Hirshberg, CEO of Activision Publishing. “And while the franchise continues to set records, our fans still seem to want more, demonstrated by our record setting start on Call of Duty Elite. We are committed to helping everyone connect, compete and improve their game, Call of Duty style.”

Maybe James has been in the wrong business all along.

Via: Comic Book Movie