I'm certainly not lolling around wishing and hoping for the movie to bomb.
So, you finally found my webcam, did you? It's true, I do a lot of "lolling around, wishing and hoping," especially for overhyped "superhero" movies like AVENGERS to get their comeuppance. Another fight, another cliché, another ripoff. If you've seen one, you've seen them all.
Pardon me if I remain skeptical about a writer/director whose medium is usually (gasp) TV shows! Or about the genre itself. Which one of these films wasn't a disappointment:
Captain America (66*)
X-Men: First Class (65)
Iron Man 2 (57)
Green Lantern (39)
"All of the above"
It's ironic that the highest MC score you listed is my least favorite one, although I admire the tech aspects. But I loved Toy Story, Serenity, and liked the second Lion King, as well as Buffy the Vampire Slayer. We'll see, as I am going to watch Avengers in the theatre. If I dont care for it, fine. But I wont be going in with that expectation. On the contrary. Lol Vamp! I will laugh (not at you, of course) if you see it on DVD/Blue Ray and begrudgingly like it afterall. Funnier things have happened.
Most encouraging foreign debuts today from Deadline.com:
It earned in US $ an estimated $6.2M in Australia, $3m in France, $1.3m in the Philippines, $1.2m in Taiwan, and $800,000 in New Zealand for a total $12.5m start. Australia and New Zealand both celebrated the ANZAC Day holiday, which helped boxoffice there.
Australia: 2nd-highest opening of all time there behind only the final Harry Potter (A$7M). Also the highest Marvel opening day ever, 214% ahead of Iron Man 2 (A$1.8M Thursday open), 136% ahead of The Dark Knight (A$2.5M Thursday open), and the highest opening day ever for a Disney film.
Taiwan: biggest industry Wednesday opening ever, biggest opening day of 2012 (173% above Battleship) and 2nd-biggest opening day for any Marvel film (after only Spider-Man 3).
New Zealand: highest opening day ever, beating Harry Potter Deathly Hallows 2 (NZ$975L)
I'm not watching this movie partly because I haven't bothered watching some of the prequel movies to this, and partly because this just seems like a giant Hollywood commercialism bait that everyone MUST see.
See it because it's a good movie. I saw it last night and loved every second of it. The story is told well, every cast member gets their chance to shine without hogging up the screen, and its not an effects driven film like some of the crap blockbusters that have come out the past few years. The only prequels you should see are Thor and Captain America as plot points from those two carry over to this moreso than the Hulk and Iron Man films.
I'm hoping this gets remembered for some ensemble awards at the end of the year. They had some great chemistry.