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'Avengers' earns $80.5M in domestic debut

American actress Scarlett Johansson attends The European Premiere of Marvel Avengers Assemble at Vue Westfield in London on April 19, 2012. UPI/Paul Treadway
American actress Scarlett Johansson attends The European Premiere of "Marvel Avengers Assemble" at Vue Westfield in London on April 19, 2012. UPI/Paul Treadway | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, May 5 (UPI) -- Disney and Marvel Studios' superhero ensemble picture "The Avengers" grossed $80.5 million Friday in North America, box-office receipts show.

The Hollywood Reporter said Saturday the film has earned $334.3 million internationally for a global total of $414.8 million.

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Directed by Joss Whedon and starring Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Scarlett Johansson, the movie had the second-biggest single day of all time at the domestic box office behind last summer's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," which earned $91.1 million on its first day, the entertainment industry trade newspaper said.

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