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The Avengers on Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Copy combo pack as well as a Blu-ray/DVD combo pack — September 25th, 2012:

Special features:

  • Disney’s Second Screen feature
  • Commentary by Joss Whedon
  • Behind-the-scenes featurettes:
    • Assembling the Ultimate Team
    • A Visual Journey
  • Marvel One Shot: Item 47 short film
  • Deleted/extended scenes:
    • Alternate opening: “Maria Hill Interrogation”
    • “Loki and Barton Strategize” (Extended)
    • “Steve Rogers: Man Out of Time”
    • “Nick Fury and World Security Council”
    • Extended viaduct fight (w/raw footage)
    • “Fury and Hill Discuss the World Security Council”
    • “Banner and Security Guard” (Extended)
    • Alternate ending: “Maria Hill Interrogation”
  • Gag reel
  • Soundgarden’s “Live to Rise” music video

(Source: Flix66)

The French and German blu-ray release date for The Avengers is scheduled for August 25 (French) and September 30 (German).

The US release date is likely to fall around the same time frame.

(Source: Blu-ray.com)

Next on Marvel-Disney’s agenda: Rehire Downey, Whedon

Marvel-Disney pulled off an astounding balancing act with the outsized success of “The Avengers.” But can they do it again?

With the superhero team-up well on its way to $1 billion worldwide, Disney CEO Bob Iger surprised absolutely no one Tuesday when he told shareholders that a second helping of “Avengers” is on the way.

At the top of the to-do list is booking Robert Downey Jr., who initially signed on for four turns as Tony Stark in a deal that carries him through next year’s “Iron Man 3.” For the next “Avengers,” Marvel-Disney will have to reup its centerpiece character with a deal commensurate with the inevitable success of a second “Avengers” pic, which likely means a hefty backend haul.

Other “Avengers” stars — including Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner — have signed deals that go beyond the three-picture pacts that have become industry standard for tentpole franchises. Samuel Jackson, for example, inked a nine-picture deal, and most of the other main actors have signed on for six.

Next is the question of Joss Whedon, who’s widely credited with keeping all the elements in balance on a critically lauded project that could have easily gone haywire.

Feige will be under tremendous pressure to do it all “the Marvel way,” which means keeping a close eye on the bottom line. “It means questioning every cost, every dollar,” Feige told Variety earlier this month. “We don’t take any of (our success) for granted.”

An “Avengers” sequel would most likely come in 2015 — if Marvel and Disney can keep all those plates spinning.

(Source: Variety)

The Avengers: Box office factoids.

  • Biggest domestic opening weekend of all time.
  • Fastest film to reach $200M (3 days).
  • Highest Saturday of all time: $69.7M.
  • 8th biggest midnights opening.
  • Biggest superhero midnights debut.
  • Passed total domestic cume for Captain America and Thor.
  • Passed international box office totals of Captain America ($192M), Iron Man ($266.7M), Thor ($268.3M), and Iron Man 2 ($311.5M) in 12 days of release. 
  • Biggest opening weekend of all time in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Hong Kong, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines.
  • Biggest Marvel opening weekend in Russia (May 3): $17.9M.
  • Passed the global box office totals of Captain America ($364M) and Thor ($449M) and Iron Man ($585M) and Iron Man 2 ($624M) combined.
  • Highest grossing opening weekend in IMAX’s history
  • Global cume estimate: $641.8M
  • Crossed the $600M global box office threshold today after just 12 days of release.
  • Cinema Score: A+
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 94% positive reviews
  • Audience: 50% over 25, 50% under 25; 60% male, 40% female; 55% couples, 24% family, 21% teens.

(Source: Deadline)

The Avengers is expected to set the opening weekend record with somewhere between $185M-$200M, even bigger than the projected $175M from yesterday.

The previous record-holder was set last year by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 at $169M.

(Source: Deadline, ERC Box Office)

The Friday opening number is now $80.5 million because late shows were coming on strong.

That includes a whopping $18.1M midnights. So Disney says the domestic total is on pace for a record-setting $175M through Sunday from 4,349 U.S. and Canadian locations, including 3,364 plays in 3D. This is the biggest ever domestic weekend opening. (Past Warner Bros’ 3D Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2 which stll holds the Friday opening record of $91M but no longer the first weekend record of $169M.)

The worldwide total isn’t yet updated but it’s sure to be $500+M with this weekend’s addition of China, Russia, and of course North America.

And, just to rub it in, the well-reviewed Avengers also received a rare ‘A+’ CinemaScore from American audiences.

(Source: Deadline)

Box Office Report: ‘Avengers’ Smashes Records With $178.4 Mil Foreign Debut

Joss Whedon’s tentpole scores the biggest opening weekend in numerous Latin American markets and nabs the top opening ever for a superhero pic in the U.K.

Disney and Marvel Studios’ The Avengers is doing superhero-like business overseas, debuting to a massive $178.4 million as it rolled out in 39 markets across the globe.

Avengers — directed by Joss Whedon — doesn’t open for another week in North America.

The tentpole opened No. 1 in all 39 territories, and posted the biggest opening weekend ever in key Latin American markets including Mexico ($15.9 million) and Brazil ($11.3 million).

In the U.K., Avengers debuted to $24.7 million, the biggest opening ever for a superhero title, as well as Disney’s biggest three-day opening. The 3D movie grossed $19.7 million in Australia, the second highest opening ever.

Avengers showed strength across all continents. In Asia, it posted the highest opening weekends in history in Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines (where Saturday was the highest grossing day of all time).

Avengers also rolled out in India, where Disney says it enjoyed the third highest opening for a Western film.

Looking ahead, Avengers has plenty of punch left, considering it only rolled out in 70 percent of the international marketplace and has yet to touch down in China or Russia, where it lands next weekend. And it doesn’t open in Japan until August.

(Source: Hollywood Reporter)

The Avengers at the international box-office:

On its opening Wednesday release, the film earned $17.1 million from 10 countries.  By its second day of release, it has earned $36M total.
  • It earned $6.2M from Australia on its first day Wednesday, the second-highest ever after the last Harry Potter film.
  • Its opening in the UK drew $4.1M, the third-highest ever after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
  • It set the highest opening-day records in Taiwan and New Zealand, third-highest in South Korea and Argentina, highest 2012 opening day in Germany.
  • It’s on track to be the highest-grossing film of all time in the Philippines.

(Source: DeadlineHollywood Reporter, Chicago Tribune, Inquirer Philippines)

The Avengers, behind the scenes.

(Source: Los Angeles Times; read the article at the source)

‘The Avengers’ Breaking Records Overseas Already

"And the hotly anticipated actioner is already shattering box office records overseas. It earned in U.S. dollar estimates of $6.0M in Australia and $1.2M in Taiwan and $700K in New Zealand for almost $8M from the three countries on Wednesday (alone).

Australia’s opening day is the second-highest opening of all time there behind only the final Harry Potter (A$7M). It is also the highest Marvel opening day ever, 214% ahead of Iron Man 2 (A$1.8M Thursday opening) and 136% ahead of The Dark Knight (A$2.5M Thursday opening), and the highest Disney opening day ever for a Disney film.

The pic playing in Taiwan is the biggest industry Wednesday opening ever, the biggest opening day of 2012 (173% above Battleship) and the second-biggest opening day for any Marvel film (after only Spider-Man 3). In New Zealand, pic scored a higher opening than The Dark Knight and Iron Man 2.

(Source: Deadline)