May 4th, 2012
01:05 PM ET
Not all the critics loved it, but fans still helped the "Avengers" get a head start on the weekend box office.
The superhero ensemble movie earned $18.7 million in midnight showings, according to Disney, and is projected to make $150 million by the time opening weekend wraps.
For comparison's sake, the Hollywood Reporter points out that 2008's "The Dark Knight" opened to $18.5 million, and went on to earn the title of second best opening weekend of all time with $158.4 million.
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2" is at the top of the best bows of all time list, thanks to the $43.5 million it earned from midnight showings and the overall $169.2 million in ticket sales for its first weekend.
So while there's been plenty of support for the "Avengers," film critic A.O. Scott still felt the tweeted wrath of Samuel L. Jackson on Thursday after his critical review went up.
“The secret of 'The Avengers' is that it is a snappy little dialogue comedy dressed up as something else, that something else being a giant A.T.M. for Marvel and its new studio overlords, the Walt Disney Company," Scott wrote, later adding that the Joss Whedon-directed film has "significant and dispiriting" shortcomings.
Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the film, responded to the review via Twitter: “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!”
But it doesn't look like Jackson has to worry about Scott, or other reviews - before the film’s big opening at midnight on May 4, "Avengers" had already raked in approximately $281 million thanks to overseas showings.
Have you seen "The Avengers" yet? iReporter Joyce Chow has, and she says moviegoers will be too engrossed in the film to even eat their popcorn:
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