by Bill Wine
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The leader remained the same on another big weekend at the nation’s multiplexes.
That’s two in a row for The Avengers. After setting the record last weekend with the biggest box-office debut in movie history, the comic book-inspired superhero blockbuster, The Avengers, finished first again — to no one’s surprise — by earning an estimated $103-million in its second weekend of release.
The weekend’s highest-profile new attraction could only finish a distant second: Dark Shadows, the Tim Burton-directed, big-screen comedic version of the supernatural TV soap opera, starring Johnny Depp, took in a respectable $29-million.
Rounding out the top five were holdovers Think Like a Man, The Hunger Games, and The Lucky One, none of which totaled more than $6-million.
Overall, industry totals are well ahead of those of a year ago, thanks to The Avengers, the first movie ever to top $100-million in its second weekend of release.