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Last night’s season premiere of The Walking Dead was not only lauded by many critics as a return to form for the series after a lackluster season 2, but it also broke some records in viewership. Here’s a press release from AMC explain with what, why and how:

The biggest show of the fall season among Adults 18-49 is on AMC. Last night, AMC premiered season three of “The Walking Dead” and outdelivered cable and broadcast hits including “Hatfields & McCoys,” “Jersey Shore,” “Modern Family,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “The Voice.”

The 9pm ET premiere garnered 10.9 million viewers and a 7.4 HH rating making it the highest rated episode in series history, and growing more than 50% over last season’s premiere. The season 3 premiere now reigns as the biggest telecast for any drama series in basic cable history among all viewers. “The Walking Dead” encored at 10pm with 3.5 million viewers and midnight with 850,000 viewers delivering 15.2 million viewers for the night.

Or to put in different terms, as Hitfix’s Daniel Fienberg pointed out on Twitter, the premiere of The Walking Dead was watched by more people than the premieres of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing and Hell on Wheels combined with still lots of viewers left over. You people just can’t get enough of your zombies can you?

The Walking Dead airs Sunday on AMC (as if you didn’t know).

Source: Coming Soon

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



This summer, Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers could very well be the biggest summer blockbuster of all time – if the numbers from the latest iTunes trailer are correct. In the span of 24 hours, the action adventure starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson broke the previous record of 10 million views, set during their The Avengers Super Bowl spot. The latest trailer, released only a few days ago on iTunes, Hulk-smashed it’s own record with a record breaking 13.7 million views.

We here at Nerd Bastards probably watched the trailer ourselves on loop for a day straight, but can you blame us? The trailers have been nothing short of awesome, Joss has turned the Marvel franchise into a forced to be reckoned with.

Here’s the official press release from the record breaking viewing:

Marvel Studios announced today that its new trailer for this summer’s most highly anticipated movie, “Marvel’s The Avengers,” has been viewed over 13.7 million times in the first 24 hours of its debut, setting a new record for the most viewed trailer on iTunes ( and the iTunes Trailers app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The new trailer, unveiled Wednesday, February 29, exclusively on iTunes, gives fans an exciting look at “Marvel’s The Avengers”—an action adventure of a lifetime—based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

In “Marvel’s The Avengers” the world’s greatest Super Heroes assemble when Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) join S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to protect the world from the dangerous and powerful villain, Loki (Tom Hiddleston).

An exciting event movie, packed with action and spectacular special effects, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is from Marvel Studios in association with Paramount Pictures, produced by Kevin Feige and directed by Joss Whedon from a story by Zak Penn and Joss Whedon with the screenplay by Joss Whedon.

“Marvel’s The Avengers” will be released on May 4, 2012.

Could The Avengers become one of the top 10 most viewed movies of all time? If these numbers are any indication, maybe so.

Source: Geek Tyrant

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows-Part 2 has been talked about greatly this week, and for good reason. This film has made an astounding worldwide debut at the box office with estimated 467 million, which shattered many of the industry’s domestic and international records. This amazing response in the box office has prompted Warner Bros. to release the following official statement on the films record breaking debut:

“With an astounding estimated worldwide box office total of more than $476 million, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” shattered multiple domestic and international box office records in a history-making opening weekend. The announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures President of Domestic Distribution, Dan Fellman, and President of International Distribution, Veronika Kwan-Rubinek.

The finale of the globally beloved film series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” earned a stunning $168.5 million at the domestic box office, which not only is the biggest Harry Potter opening weekend but also obliterated the industry’s opening weekend record, including holiday weekends. Among the other records broken were single-day box office (Friday at $92.1 million), Friday box office, and opening day box office.

Opening day-and-date in 59 territories, the international box office take was a staggering $307 million, making it the biggest international weekend of all time. Led by record-breaking grosses in the UK ($36.6 million) and Australia ($26.7 million), all markets have performed exceedingly well, including Germany ($25.7 million), France ($23.9 million) and Japan ($21.5 million).

Globally, it also broke the IMAX opening weekend record with a worldwide gross of $23.5 million, which includes setting a new record in North America with $15.5 million.

The film began breaking records even before its opening, as unprecedented advance ticket sales gave the first indication of just how huge the box office bow would be. Midnight opening screenings not only met but exceeded those expectations, with $43.5 million at the domestic box office alone.

Dan Fellman stated, “These numbers are amazing, but they are only part of the story. It is impossible to quantify how thrilled and grateful we all are that both critics and audiences—especially loyal Harry Potter fans—continue to support the film. This is the culmination of an extraordinary decade, and a reflection of the hard work and dedication of many, many people on both sides of the camera, beginning with the brilliant J.K. Rowling, as well as producer David Heyman. We applaud them all.”

Veronika Kwan-Rubinek remarked, “Harry Potter is truly a cultural phenomenon the world over. Whether in German, French, Japanese, Russian, or any language, international audiences have embraced the Harry Potter films over the years, with the powerful finale punctuating just how special the property is. We congratulate everyone associated with the films on this monumental achievement.”

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. In the epic finale, the battle between the good and evil forces of the wizarding world escalates into an all-out war. The stakes have never been higher and no one is safe. But it is Harry Potter who may be called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice as he draws closer to the climactic showdown with Lord Voldemort. It all ends here.”

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