"Battleship," "The Dictator" No Match for "The Avengers!" 

"The Avengers" has torpedoed "Battleship" into the "John Carter" territory.

Marvel's "The Avengers," distributed by Walt Disney Pictures, continued to dominate the box-office claiming the No. 1 spot for its third-straight weekend. The superhero team, assembled by writer/director Joss Whedon, earned $55.1 million in the U.S. and $56 million overseas for a grand total of almost $1.2 billion.

Universal's "Battleship" starring Liam Neeson, Taylor Kitsch, and Rihanna debuted in the U.S. at No. 2 with $25.4 million, well below everyone's expectations. The action adventure, released in April overseas, has a cumulative total of $252.1 million. Budgeted at over $200 million, "Battleship" may soon join "John Carter" as one of the costliest films in recent history. ("Battleship" and "The Dictator" movie review right here)

Meanwhile, Sacha Baron Cohen's irreverent comedy, "The Dictator," premiered at No. 3 with $17.4 million. Since its release last Wednesday, the Paramount laugh-a-minute has sold $24.5 million worth of box-office tickets.

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"Dark Shadows," the latest Tim Burton-Johnny Depp collaboration fell to No. 4 with $12.8 million, while Lionsgate's latest box-office entry, "What to Expect When You're Expecting" starring Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz debuted at No. 5 with $10.5 million.

"The Avengers" is now the 4th highest grossing film of all time right after "Avatar" ($2.8 billion), "Titanic ($2.2 billion), and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2" ($1.3 billion).

Here's the estimated Top 10 Box-Office Films for weekend of May 18th:

1. “The Avengers,” $55.1 million.
2. “Battleship,” $25.4 million.
3. “The Dictator,” $17.4 million.

4. “Dark Shadows,” $12.8 million.
5. “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” $10.5 million.
6. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $3.3 million.
7. “The Hunger Games,” $3 million.
8. “Think Like a Man,” $2.7 million.
9. “The Lucky One,” $1.8 million.
10. “The Pirates! Band of Misfits,” $1.5 million.

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