The Avengers

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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. 


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. 

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

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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