had its top start in the United Kingdom ($24.7 million), though that only ranks 16th all-time there. In Australia, the movie's $19.7 million is the second-highest opening ever, while its $15.9 million debut in Mexico is a new record. It also set records in Brazil ($11.3 million), Taiwan ($7.7 million), the Philippines ($6.5 million), Hong Kong ($4.6 million) and seven other smaller markets.
While not quite reaching all-time levels, the movie also had very strong starts in South Korea ($12.9 million), France ($12.7 million), Italy ($10.4 million), and Spain ($7.3 million). Oddly, it only opened to $6.7 million in Germany, though looking at past Avengers
movie grosses it doesn't appear the Germans are as fond of the team as the rest of the world.
Across the 12 markets where estimates are available, The Avengers
opened over twice as high, on average, as Iron Man 2
, which currently holds the team's overseas record with $311.5 million (a number The Avengers
is going to annihilate within the next few weeks).
The $178.4 million debut ranks ninth on the all-time foreign countries chart, which on the surface might not look all that astounding. However, it reached that level in only 70 percent of its potential theaters, and it has yet to debut in major markets China, Russia, and Japan. Chinese and Russian audiences get the movie with the U.S. this coming weekend, while the Japanese need to wait until August.
Based off this opening, The Avengers
could reasonably finish with nearly $600 million overseas, and it could even wind up higher than that.