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The Avengers Cover EW; Their Mighty Powers Still Won’t Match B.O. Power of Dark Knight Rises

The Avengers Cover EW; Their Mighty Powers Still Won't Match B.O. Power of Dark Knight Rises

Thompson on Hollywood

On newsstands tomorrow, EW‘s The Avengers issue banks on the star power of not just one, but three existing Marvel superhero franchise movies. Iron Man‘s Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth, and Captain America‘s Chris Evans join up with new Hulk Mark Ruffalo to defeat uber-villain Loki (Thor‘s Tom Hiddleston), who told TOH his powers have increased a thousand-fold. It’s the superhero franchise movie to end them all.

Except for Warner’s The Dark Knight Rises, of course, which is a different class of film. Can the mighty The Avengers team defeat the Batman sequel’s box office with a single blow? We say unlikely. On July 20, 2012, The Dark Knight Rises will slaughter The Avengers‘ (May 4, 2012) weekend opening. Check out the numbers below:

The Avengers‘ all-star cast got along like a house on fire on set. Director Joss Whedon tells EW: “I was like, well, if they hate each other, I guess we can use that [for the friction in the story]..But they don’t.”

Batman Begins $368,527,774
The Dark Knight $1,001,945,358
Iron Man $582,443,126
Iron Man 2 $623,561,331
Thor $448,545,572
Captain America $360,843,536

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Sorry – that should’ve read “uncontestably”. Damn submit buttons, coupled with 21st century attention spans …


I’m unconstably with the “I’m obviously seeing BOTH!” camp.

How about a hand for us – BECAUSE WE STILL RULE. Comic Geeks don’t even have to read comics anymore … we can just go to the movies!!!


What’s this article about exactly? Predicting box office numbers? YAWN!

Bad Entertainment Weekly cover. My 13 year old sister could’ve put something a little more professionally done using one hand.


Scarlett Johansson’s head looks oddly cropped in the photo cover, like her head was superimposed.


The Dark Knight Rises maybe going to be the better film of the two.


Screw you all!! Go THOR!!!!! WOOOO!!! BITCHES.


Don’t care about the box-office, but TDKR will unquestionably be the stronger film. If that film isnt among the best action films of all time people will be disappointed and I think he (Nolan) may deliver (again).

The Avengers will probably be like the rest of Marvels films – Slightly above mediocre.


Wohoo!! Scarlett Johansson looks like a strong, empowered and sexy Black
Widow. Hahah.. freakin’ fantastic, can’t wait! Man! I feel like a woman!

Morris Day

The Dark Knight Rises won’t match TDK numbers, but as this is the final episode the BO boost will still be noticeable. The Avengers, however, will probably suffer more both from from franchise fatigue (Marvel Studios really pushed the fan service in their previous entries) and overall skepticism from non-fans. Which isn’t only Marvel Studios’ problem, though: all of this summer’s comic book films underperformed regardless of their studios, the genre is really hitting a wall and launching an uber-franchise couldn’t be less timely.

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