'The Avengers' smashes North American box office records

Known as 'Avengers Assemble' in the UK, the film has taken in $641.8 million globally

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The Avengers has smashed US box office records, scoring the biggest opening weekend gross ever.

The action superhero movie made history by pulling in $200.3 million in cinemas across the United States and Canada when it opened at the weekend, beating last year's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, which raked in $169.2 million.

52% of people who watched the film saw it in 3-D or in IMAX cinemas, bumping up the film's profits even further, reports the LA Times.

The film has now sold $641.8 million's worth of tickets worldwide, meaning it has out-grossed The Hunger Games to become 2012's top selling film so far. The film has also taken in more cash than any other of Marvel's films, including 2010's Iron Man 2, which racked up $623.9 million at the box-office.

The film, known as Avengers Assemble in the UK, opened in Britain before the US, and took in £2.5 million on its opening day at the UK box office last month. Marvel's epic superhero mash-up recorded the third biggest opening of all time in the UK, beaten only by Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix and the biggest, Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith.

Avengers Assemble stars Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L Jackson.

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