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Powerful ‘Avengers’ sinks ‘Battleship’ at the box office

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Estimated ticket sales for
Friday through Sunday at U.S. theaters (in millions):

1. The Avengers $55.1

2. Battleship $25.4

3. The Dictator $17.4

4. Dark Shadows $12.8

5. What to Expect When ... $10.5

6. e_SLps Marigold Hotel $3.3

7. The Hunger Games $3

8. Think Like a Man $2.7

9. The Lucky One $1.8

10. The Pirates! e_SLps Misfits $1.5

Updated: July 1, 2012 12:49PM

LOS ANGELES — “The Avengers” continues to muscle out everything else Hollywood throws at it, easily sinking naval rival “Battleship” and other new releases.

With $55.1 million domestically, Disney’s superhero sensation remained No. 1 for a third-straight weekend and took in more than newcomers “Battleship,” “The Dictator” and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” combined.

The board-game adaptation starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna opened a distant No. 2 with $25.4 million, well below industry expectations.

“The Avengers” is approaching the $1.2 billion mark worldwide.


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