‘Avengers’ Earns $18.7 Million in Midnight Showings

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By Tomika Anderson, Special to CNN

(CNN) — Not all the critics loved it, but fans still helped the “Avengers” get a head start on the weekend box office.

Entertainment Weekly reports that the superhero ensemble movie earned $18.7 million in midnight showings, and is projected to make $150 million by the time opening weekend wraps.

For comparison’s sake, the Hollywood Reporter points out that 2008’s “The Dark Knight” opened to $18.5 million, and went on to earn the title of second best opening weekend of all time with $158.4 million.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2” is at the top of the best bows of all time list, thanks to the $43.5 million it earned from midnight showings and the overall $169.2 million in ticket sales for its first weekend.

So while there’s been plenty of support for the “Avengers,” film critic A.O. Scott still felt the tweeted wrath of “Avengers” star Samuel L. Jackson on Thursday after his critical review went up.

“The secret of ‘The Avengers’ is that it is a snappy little dialogue comedy dressed up as something else, that something else being a giant A.T.M. for Marvel and its new studio overlords, the Walt Disney Company,” Scott wrote, later adding that the Joss Whedon-directed film has “significant and dispiriting” shortcomings.

Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the film, responded to the review via Twitter Thursday: “#Avengers fans, NY Times critic AO Scott needs a new job! Let’s help him find one! One he can ACTUALLY do!”

But it doesn’t look like Jackson has to worry about Scott, or other reviews – “Avengers” has already raked in approximately $304 million in foreign box office.

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