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'Avengers' overpowers 'Battleship' debut

Still of Chris Evans (right) and Chris Hemsworth in the 2012 film, 'The Avengers.' (Photo by Zade Rosenthal ? 2011 MVLFF LLC.)

May 20, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
"The Avengers" continued to overpower anything Hollywood throws at it, easily sinking naval rival "Battleship" and other new releases.

Disney's superhero sensation remained No. 1 for a third-straight weekend after pulling in another $55.1 million domestically. Overseas, "The Avengers" added an additional $56 million to its ticket sales.

"Battleship" debuted in second place with $25.4 million.

"The Dictator" came in at No. 3 with $17.4 million.

The top 10 films of the weekend were:

1. "The Avengers," $55.1 million ($56 million international).
2. "Battleship," $25.4 million ($6.5 million international).
3. "The Dictator," $17.4 million ($30.3 million international).
4. "Dark Shadows," $12.8 million ($30.4 million international).
5. "What to Expect When You're Expecting," $10.5 million.
6. "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel," $3.3 million ($1.8 million international).
7. "The Hunger Games," $3 million ($1.5 million international).
8. "Think Like a Man," $2.7 million.
9. "The Lucky One," $1.8 million ($2.7 million international).
10. "The Pirates! Band of Misfits," $1.5 million.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.