According to Deadline Hollywood, the Joss Whedon-directed film grossed more than $207 million domestically this weekend, and holds the #1 spot for highest Saturday gross of all time with a whopping $69.7 million made in a single day.

It’s a brilliant concept, a franchise of related movies that culminate in all the leads together in a super movie. These particular heroes have been a part of the American Culture through Marvel Comic Books for more than half a century, and we grew up with them. So who’s surprised at the box office numbers? Nobody, I would think.

The movie is both thrilling and campy, humorous and serious at the same time. Most would agree it’s done justice to the original Marvel Comic concept, well, except for movie critic A.O. Scott of the New York Times. Samuel Jackson avenge-tweeted a response, (which Scott gracefully handled) “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!” This was in response to Scott’s assertion that Jackson’s Nick Fury “is more master of ceremonies than mission commander.”

Here is a clip of Joss Whedon explaining the perils of adapting a popular comic book to a movie.


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