Marvel's The Avengers has earned the second biggest opening day and Friday opening with $80.5 million, including $18.7 from its Midnight release. Though it is the 8th biggest midnight release of all time, it does hold the distinction of being the biggest superhero midnight debut ever, pulling in more than Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Thor, and Captain America: The First Avenger combined.

Walt Disney Pictures is reporting that the film is on its way to a $175 million domestic weekend total. That would make it the biggest weekend opener of all time, stepping in front of previous record holder Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which earned $169 million last year. That franchise finale still holds the biggest Friday opening with $91 million.

So far, Marvel's The Avengers has raked in an impressive $334.3 million overseas, bringing its cumulative total to $575 million through Sunday. Not only is Joss Whedon's superhero ensemble about to break the weekend box office record, it has also received an A+ from American audiences on CinemaScore.

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We'll have the final weekend tally for you later tomorrow.

B. Alan Orange