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'The Avengers' breaking box office records around the world

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The Avengers has launched to strong box office figures around the world.

Joss Whedon's superhero epic broke opening day records in New Zealand and Taiwan, taking $800,000 (£494,000) and $1.2 million (£741,000) respectively.

Thor and Captain America battle in The Avengers


Marvel Studios' latest earned a further $6.2 million (£3.9m) in Australia - making it the country's second-highest opening behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 - on top of $3 million (£1.9m) from France.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film's performance in Australia makes it Marvel's most successful launch in the territory by a significant margin, out-performing Iron Man by 233%.

Avengers, which launches in another 42 markets this weekend, has been tipped to gross more than $150 million (£92.7m) when it lands in the US.

The film debuted in UK theatres today (April 26).

> 'The Avengers' London press conference - video in full
> 'The Avengers' preview: 10 teasers for Marvel's superhero epic

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