Opening Weekend Shocker: 'Avengers' Shatters $200 Million Barrier

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We knew it was going to be big, but nobody could have guessed just how big: According to Hollywood.com, Marvel's "The Avengers" is set to become the first movie in history to break the $200 million barrier in its opening weekend with an estimated $200.3 million in box office receipts.

That's not only the biggest opening weekend ever, it's the biggest opening weekend ever by a huge margin. The previous record holder, last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," took in "just" $169.2 million during its debut.

In addition, "The Avengers" is still going like gangbusters overseas, as its international total climbed to $441.5 million. In just 12 days of release, "The Avengers" has brought in a truly incredible $641.8 million worldwide.

For more on "The Avengers," and the rest of this week's box office, head to Hollywood.com.