Marvel's The Avengers has smashed the Australian box office on its opening day of release with a record breaking AUD$6 million (USD$6.2 million). This opening makes The Avengers the biggest Marvel Studios opening day ever - well ahead of Iron Man 2 (AUD$1.8 million) and represents the number one Disney Studios opening day, ahead of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (AUD$3.5 million).
"The most anticipated blockbuster of the year, Marvel's The Avengers has really lit up the box office with this stunning opening - Disney and Marvel's biggest yet in Australia. The Avengers is testament to fabulous storytelling with a blockbuster cast and world-renowned director - this superhero epic is a must-see for all Australian fans and film lovers!", said John Cracknell, senior vice president and managing director The Walt Disney Company, Australia.
John, I agree wholeheartedly. It is so satisfying to see a big-budget franchise film utilise a strong script so effectively and create a fun film brimming with epic action, good humour and well-developed characters. The opening puts the film at the number two position of all time openings behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 (AUD$7 million) and easily surpasses the combined individual opening days of each Marvel superhero film with an Australian opening. Pretty big.