Box Office: ‘The Avengers’ makes history with $1 billion worldwide in 19 days

After suffering through the mistakes of “John Carter,” one of the biggest box office bombs in Hollywood history, Walt Disney Studios has received something of a miracle with Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers.”  The Joss Whedon adventure already hold the all-time U.S. opening weekend record and the records continue to fall.

As of today, Disney estimates that “The Avengers” will cross a staggering $1 billion in just 19 days. It also grossed an amazing $103.4 million in its second weekend. That shatters the previous mark set by “Avatar” which found $75.6 million in Dec. 2009.  “Avengers” is also the fastest film to reach $300 million after hitting the mark in 9 days. The film’s current tally is a staggering $373.1 million.

In a statement Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger noted, “”We”re obviously thrilled with the global success of ‘The Avengers.’ It”s a fantastic movie and an extraordinary franchise that will continue with more great stories and compelling characters for years to come.”

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes should pass $400 million sometime this week. With upcoming releases “Battleship” and “Men in Black 3” polling under expectations, “Avengers” has enough fuel to surpass $550 million.  Whether it can pass “Titanic’s” no. 2 mark of $600.7 million remains to be seen.

Also debuting this weekend and suffering by being under  “The Avengers,” ah, shadow was Warner Bros.’ “Dark Shadows.”  The eighth Tim Burton and Johnny Depp collaboration found just $28 million in its first three days.  Warner Bros. was expecting a $35 million plus debut, but have to hope the fantasy comedy gains traction over the coming weeks.

“Think Like A Man” landed in the third slot with $6.3 million and $81.9 million to date. “The Hunger Games” found $4.4 million in fourth with a satisfying $386.9 million so far. Zac Efron’s “The Lucky One” grossed $4.1 million and a cume of $53.7 million.

Friday’s new releases includes “Battleship” which has already grossed a somewhat disappointing $215 million overseas.  The U.S. is the last market for the Peter Berg action flick.

Box Office actuals are released on Monday.