'The Avengers' Takes Aim at 'The Hunger Games'

[caption id="attachment_121591" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Marvel Studios"]The Hulk in "The Avengers"[/caption]

When "The Hunger Games" debuted to a gigantic $155 million opening weekend back in March, the question seemed to be not whether it would be the biggest blockbuster of the year, but just how much bigger it would be than everything else.

Now, however, the first box office figures for "The Avengers" are trickling in from overseas — and it's starting to look like "The Hunger Games" may not even turn out to be the biggest movie of the spring.

Sorry, Katniss, but Hulk did say he was going to smash.

Of course, international box office isn't necessarily indicative of how people are going to spend their money here in the U. S. of A. "The Hunger Games," after all, has been a bit of a disappointment overseas; despite earning over $372 million so far domestically, the Jennifer Lawrence epic has only brought in $217 million from the rest of the world combined.

But that figure makes "The Avengers" debut even more impressive: According to Deadline, "The Avengers," which began rolling out to international venues last week in advance of its May 4 U.S. release, has already brought in a whopping $178.4 million overseas in just five days. And that's despite the fact that it still hasn't hit theaters in three of the world's biggest film markets: Russia, China and Japan.

So will "The Avengers" end up topping "The Hunger Games" at the box office? Early industry estimates are guessing "The Avengers" will earn around $125 million opening weekend, which would put it well short of Katniss and company. That amount, however, happens to be exactly what pundits were expecting for "The Hunger Games" as well, so it's really anybody's guess at this point.

Game on.