Disney tentpole passes $1 billion mark

Disney juggernaut “The Avengers” continued to dominate the overseas box office over the May 11-13 frame, collecting $93.7 million in its third weekend for an international cume of $627.2 million.

In just 19 days, the pic crossed the $1 billion global threshold, reaching $1.036 billion worldwide as of May 15, making it the ninth-highest grossing film globally. Pic surpassed “Alice in Wonderland” ($1.024 billion) and “Star Wars: Episode I — The Phantom Menace” ($1.027 billion).

The film’s global dominance should continue for several weeks, particularly overseas, since Universal blockbuster “Battleship,” which bowed Stateside on May 18, already has unspooled throughout most of the world, steaming to $215.5 million.

As of May 13, “Avengers” had done best in the U.K., with $65.7 million, followed by China ($52.3 million), Mexico ($49.6 million) and Brazil ($44.6 million). The film has done especially well in Latin America, nabbing seven No. 1 openings in the region. “Avengers” already has outstripped last year’s top-grossing pics in Brazil and Mexico: “Rio” ($43.5 million) and the final “Harry Potter” ($35.8 million), respectively.

It’s uncertain how high “Avengers” can climb internationally, but without widespread day-and-date competition — Paramount comedy “The Dictator,” starting May 16 in English-speaking territories and some Western European markets, seems as much a counterprogrammer as a rival — the sky’s the limit.

Over the May 11-13 frame, Warner Bros.’ “Dark Shadows” bit into $37.3 million from 42 debut markets. Pic did best in Russia, bowing behind “Avengers” with $5.1 million; in France, “Shadows” debuted at No. 1, grossing a solid $4.6 million.

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