<i>The Avengers</i> Opens Overseas, Breaking Box Office Records

Although The Avengers doesn't premiere in North America for another week, Marvel's ensemble action film already rattling the international box office, assembling the second-highest opening of all time in Australia behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 2.

Earth's Mightiest Heroes grossed $6.2 million on Wednesday, 233 percent ahead of Iron Man, giving both Marvel and parent company Disney their biggest-ever opening day in Australia. To those figures The Hollywood Reporter adds $800,000 from New Zealand, $1.2 million from Taiwan -- marking the best opening days ever for both -- and $3 million from France.

The Joss Whedon-directed feature blazes into another 42 foreign markets over the weekend before opening May 4 in the United States and Canada, where it's expected to gross more than $150 million in its first frame.

The Avengers stars Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Tom Hiddleston as Loki, Clark Gregg as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson, Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Dr. Selvig.

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