April 18th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
Quite a few of us around here are counting down the days until "The Avengers" opens wide, and we're certainly not alone: The movie's tracking to pull in more than $150 million when it opens on May 4, and movie ticket e-retailer Fandango.com reports that its visitors have pegged the film as the most anticipated of the summer.
The website polled "thousands of moviegoers on their must-see list for the biggest movie season of the year," Fandango said, and "The Avengers" came out on top among movies picked by both men and women.
But when you break down the anticipation along gender lines, men are more interested in seeing July's "The Dark Knight Rises," while women are waiting for Kristen Stewart's "Snow White and the Huntsman" to open in June, which also stars "Avengers" actor Chris Hemsworth.
And he's not the only Hemsworth getting major box office shine at the moment: Chris's brother, Liam, stars alongside Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson in the blockbuster spring release, "The Hunger Games."
Thus far, Liam's "Hunger Games" has held supreme as the reigning title at the box office, but the Hollywood Reporter notes that "The Avengers" is tracking to make more money on opening night than "Hunger Games'" $152.5 million.
But Chris Hemsworth insists that there's no sibling rivalry going on. (And frankly, we believe him. If you and your brother were bringing in major paydays, what would there be to argue about?)
"No, we are just happy to be working," Chris told us Saturday. Noting that the two actors hail from Australia, Chris added, "Thankfully we haven't been kicked in the a** and sent home yet. It's nice to be working and be a part of films that are successful and people are seeing them and they are being received well."
And as far as which film he predicts will fare better at the box office, Chris said, "We will have to wait and see."
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