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"The Avengers" has everything a movie needs to succeed: a star-studded cast made up of muscle-bound dudes and a pair of sexy ladies, major explosions and enough comic book heroes to keep seats filled with fanboy butts until next year.
Many have predicted that these crucial elements will propel the movie to have the biggest opening weekend of all time but the $18.7 million it took in last night doesn't even have the movie cracking the top five midnight grosses.
According to The Huffington Post, while this midnight draw is the largest for any superhero to date, it's only the eighth largest of all time, falling behind the last three movies in the "Harry Potter" and "Twilight" series, as well as recent fan favorite "The Hunger Games."
In addition to the marketing blitz that's surrounded the release of the film, the cast's star power has already drawn in sizeable audiences outside of North America, pulling in $281.1 million in its opening week, more than "Captain America," "Thor," "Iron Man" and "The Incredible Hulk" raked in overseas during their entire time in theaters.
While Fandango reports that "The Avengers" has only sold out 1,300 theaters so far, as of Wednesday, "The Avengers" was making up 94 percent of the Fandango's ticket sales, and with a pit stop today on "The View" by stars Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans, the crucial mom demographic may just push the film into legendary territory.