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'Avengers' sinks 'Battleship' to remain No. 1 at box office

May 20, 2012


A poster of "The Avengers" movie. - File Photo

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 the three big newcomers combined. ''The Avengers'' is approaching the $1.2 billion mark worldwide.

Universal's ''Battleship'' opened at No. 2 with $25.4 million domestically, adding to the $226.8 million the board-game adaptation has earned overseas since launching in April.

Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy ''The Dictator'' debuted in third-place with $17.4 million for the weekend. Since opening Wednesday, the Paramount release has taken in $24.5 million.

Lionsgate's pregnancy comedy ''What to Expect When You're Expecting,'' featuring Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez, premiered at No. 5 with $10.5 million.