‘The Avengers’ faces new competitor in box office

For the past two weeks, the students of Carlmont High School have been watching the summer blockbuster The Avengers.

According to the Wall Street Journal, The Avengers has rounded up a total of $641.8 million worldwide after only 19 days. Numerous critics applauded the successful superhero flick.

San Francisco Chronicle reporter Amy Biancolli, enjoyed every minute of the film.

“As much as the film adheres to the strictures of the standard comic-book movie, it also pops with a knowing, loving, Whedon-world jokiness that keeps everything barreling along,” said Biancolli.

Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times said, “The Avengers are here, and resistance is futile.”

Like Turan and Biancolli, Carlmont junior Avery Waibel was in awe of the film from beginning to end.

“I saw the other Marvel movies like Iron Man and Captain America and what not,” said Waibel. “And I really enjoyed those so I thought it was cool to see them all put together in a live action movie. I’m not really a close follower to the relation to the comics but I didn’t need to read them in order to enjoy it and it was just a great mix of action and humor.”

But, will The Avengers stay at the top of the box office during its third weekend? During the third weekend, The Avengers will face off against The Dictator, starring Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Kingsley.

Junior Kevin Carroll does not believe The Dictator will defeat The Avengers.

The Dictator looks hilarious,” said Carroll. “But, I think The Avengers will stay on top.”

The Dictator was released to theaters nationwide on May 16, 2012. Movie critics raved about the supposedly hilarious comedy by Sacha Baron Cohen.

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone claimed,  “The Dictator leaves you laughing helplessly.”



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