Box Office Report: 'Avengers' Breaks Records Overseas, Already Earning $36 Million

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Chris Hemsworth (left) and Chris Evans gear up to battle Loki's army.

The race at the domestic box office is still too close to call as "Think Like am Man" and Jason Segel comedy "The Five-Year Engagement" battle for No. 1; they're followed by kids' pic "The Pirates! Band of Misfits" and genre entries "Raven" and "Safe."

Joss Whedon's The Avengers continues to wreak havoc at the foreign box office, earning $36 million in its first two days and breaking records in a number of territories.

From Disney and Marvel Studios, Avengers scored the third best Thursday opening ever in the U.K. ($4.1 million) after posting the second highest opening day of all time in Australia on Wednesday.

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Moreover, the superhero extravaganza is showing strength across the globe. In Argentina, the pic grossed $600,000 on Thursday, the third best opening of all time. And Avengers debuted to $2.3 million Korea, the third biggest opening of all time for non-local title.

Avengers is rolling out overseas a week ahead of its May 4 domestic bow. The tentpole is expected to kick-off summer in spectacular fashion with a $150 million-plus opening in North America.

In comparison, the domestic box office isn't expected to generate big headlines as four new titles enter the fray -- Universal's romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, Sony's animated film The Pirates! Band of Misfits, Relativity Media's The Raven and Safe, from Lionsgate and IM Global.

By late Friday afternoon, Five-Year Engagement was in a close race with holdover Think Like a Man for No. 1. Both are eyeing a weekend gross in the $13 million to $15 million range.

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Five-Year Engagement, a $30 million production on which Universal partnered with Relativity, reunites many of the principals from 2008’s Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which opened to $17.7 million. That includes Jason Segel, who teams up this time with Emily Blunt as they play a couple enduring a long-term engagement.

Sony's Band of Misfits is from Britain’s Aardman Animations and hopes to place No. 3 for the weekend with a gross in the $10 million range. The movie features a voice cast that includes Hugh Grant as its Pirate Captain and Salma Hayek as Cutlass Liz.

The Raven -- co-produced by Relativity and Intrepid Pictures -- appears to be in a close race with Safe, with both films eyeing a weekend debut in the $7 million to $9 million range.

Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), Raven stars John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe.

Jason Statham action movie Safe, from writer-director Boaz Yakin (Remember the Titans), was fully financed and produced by IM Global.