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    The Avengers vs. the World: Who's Winning? And Why Is Harry Potter Smiling?

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    UPDATE: The Avengers' grossed a combined $17.1 million from 10 foreign countries in its first day in theaters Wednesday, its studio reported. 

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    The Avengers has landed in London. And Berlin. And Hong Kong. And…

    The rollout of the all-star comic-book movie is continuing, even as the first box-office returns are coming in. 

    And Harry Potter, of all fictional people, is enjoying the view. 

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    In its biggest overseas bow on Wednesday, The Avengers grossed an estimated $6.2 million in Australia, and as you'll recall from your Aussie box-office history, that's a lot of money. The take is, in fact, the country's second-biggest-ever opening.

    Which brings us to the Boy Who Lived.

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 still holds the mark for Australia's biggest-ever opening.

    So, no, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk and Scarlett Johansson together couldn't take down one single, super-sized Potter.

    In Australia, that is.

    In Taiwan, where The Avengers also opened Wednesday, the film became that country's biggest opening-anything, a feat first reported by Deadline.com.

    The film also set an all-time record in New Zealand, and scored the biggest opener for a Disney film in Italy, the studio said. 

    The early bottom line: The Avengers is winning.

    And all the U.S.-based fanboys who have to wait until May 4 to see the film in theaters are the only ones who are losing.

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