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Avengers Smash Box Office Records, Hulk-Style

Avengers has opened with a vengeance.

The Marvel blockbuster raked in a record  $200 million in its opening weekend, smashing the $161 million mark previously held by the Harry Potter finale, and drawing more ticket sales worldwide than precursors Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America combined.

A star-studded evil-fighting cast including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansnson, and Mark Ruffalo likely helped the film. And with a brief cameo from Marvel-guru, Stan Lee, the world’s comic lovers seem likely to give their stamp of approval alongside mainstream fans.

Avengers’ box office success may also be a good sign for upcoming blockbuster hopefuls like The Amazing Spider Man and The Dark Knight Rises. That said, Peter Parker and Bruce Wayne don’t really hold a candle to the Hulk in the “smash hit” department.

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