It wasn’t the biggest surprise, but over the weekend The Avengers shattered the record for biggest weekend opening at the North American box office, raking in an unprecedented $200 million. The release of The Dark Knight Rises in July will undoubtedly reorder this list (the only question is whether or not it can take #1), but until then here are the top 10 biggest North American box office openings.


On a side note, as you can see the list is dominated by sequels (9 out of 10, with the remaining, The Hunger Games, sure to spawn many of its own). I think it’s time to put a moratorium on the constant complaints about Hollywood making too many sequels – people are clearly willing to pay to watch them, and last time I checked studios make movies to make money.