'The Avengers' Smashes Box Office Record

NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Kapow!

The Avengers, the Disney ( DIS)-distributed superhero film is expected to take in $200.3 million domestically on its opening weekend, according to studio estimates compiled by BoxOffice.com.

That's well more than the previous opening-weekend record of $169.2 million held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which debuted last year.

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Disney also estimated that The Avengers will have taken in $441.5 million outside the U.S. by the end of the weekend, according to BoxOffice.com. The film began opening in international markets on April 25.

That means the combined take for the movie could total $641.8 million by the time the weekend ends.

The weekend's No. 2 movie in the U.S. was Sony ( SNE)/Screen Gems' Think Like a Man, which brought in an estimated $8 million domestically on its third weekend, according to BoxOffice.com.

Lions Gate Entertainment's ( LGF) The Hunger Games came in third, with an estimated $5.7 million on its seventh weekend.

In this film image released by Disney, Chris Evans, portraying Captain America, left, and Robert Downey Jr., portraying Tony Stark, are shown in a scene from Marvel's The Avengers.
This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.