The Avengers Scores Three-Peat: Sinks Battleship

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Despite the attack of a Battleship and The Dictator, The Avengers managed to still soar high and take the box office title for a third straight week. Honestly, it wasn’t even close. The Avengers added another $55 million in ticket sales over the weekend, bringing its cume to an astounding $457 million.

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Battleship tried as best it could to topple the Marvel superheroes, but had to settle for second place, taking in $23.3 million in its first weekend of release. Despite having two extra days of release time, Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator couldn’t tackle Battleship, coming in third with $17.4 million.

Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s latest collaboration Dark Shadows is still finding it a challenge to cull an audience. The film based on the cult TV show landed in fourth by adding another $12.8 million to its haul. Its total earnings in two weeks is $50.9 million.

Fifth place belonged to another new entry at the box office this week, What to Expect When You’re Expecting. The film, based on the pregnancy self-help book, had to settle for fifth place and $10.5 million.

A surprise landed in sixth place -- The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel -- and when we think about it, in a stroke of counter-programming genius, it is hardly a surprise. The film banked $3.25 million in its third week of release as it is the only "adult" oriented film out there currently.

Box Office Top 10:

1. The Avengers, $55 million
2. Battleship, $23.3 million
3. The Dictator, $17.4 million
4. Dark Shadows, $12.8 million
5. What to Expect When You’re Expecting, $10.5 million
6. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, $3.25 million
7. The Hunger Games, $3 million
8. Think Like a Man, $2.7 million
9. The Lucky One, $1.76 million
10. The Pirates! Band of Misfits, $1.45 million

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