April 27th, 2012
05:30 PM ET
"The Avengers" doesn't open for another week in the States (so close, fans - so close!) but it's already doing gangbusters overseas.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Marvel's superhero ensemble film brought in $17.1 million from 10 countries on opening day Wednesday, including $6.2 million from "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth's native Australia. Italy's box office saw $3.7 million in receipts for "The Avengers"; France, $2.9 million; Taiwan, $1.3 million; and just under a million in New Zealand.
Unsurprisingly, studio Disney tells EW it's "extremely encouraged" by how well "Avengers" is playing in overseas markets, and the early tracking for the movie can only be strengthening that sentiment.
MovieTickets.com has reported that pre-sale for "The Avengers" has outsold the advance tickets sold for "Captain America: The First Avenger"; "Thor"; "Iron Man"; and "Iron Man 2" combined.
With hype like this, "Avengers" has the chance of snagging the best opening weekend gross of all time from current title holder "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2," which reigns having earned $169.2 million in its opening weekend. "Avengers," meanwhile, is currently tracking to bring in between $125 million to $150 million.
So now the question for the rest of us who won't be seeing a penny of that is: Should we see it in 3-D, or not?
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