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‘Avengers’ Add $103.2M In Sprint To $1 Billion

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Actor Robert Downey Jr. attends "The Avengers" Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City.  (credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

Actor Robert Downey Jr. attends “The Avengers” Premiere, Closing Night Of The Tribeca Film Festival Sponsored By Bombay Sapphire on April 28, 2012 in New York City. (credit: Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Bombay Sapphire)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — “The Avengers” is taking a page out of Superman’s comic book — flying faster than a speeding bullet to the billion-dollar mark at the box office.

The superhero blockbuster took in $103.2 million to lead for a second-straight weekend, raising its domestic total to $373.2 million. With $95.4 million more overseas, “The Avengers” lifted its international receipts to $628.9 million for a worldwide haul of just over $1 billion.

The action smash from Disney’s Marvel Studios easily fended off Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire romp “Dark Shadows,” which had a so-so domestic start of $28.8 million to finish a distant No. 2.

That’s far below such past Depp-Burton collaborations as “Alice in Wonderland,” which opened with $116.1 million, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which debuted with $56.2 million.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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