LOS ANGELES — “The Avengers” is taking a page out of Superman’s comic book – flying faster than a speeding bullet to the billion-dollar mark at the box office.

The superhero blockbuster took in $ 103.2 million to lead for a second-straight weekend, raising its domestic total to $ 373.2 million. With $ 95.4 million more overseas, “The Avengers” lifted its international receipts to $ 628.9 million for a worldwide haul of just over $ 1 billion.

The action smash from Disney’s Marvel Studios easily fended off Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s vampire romp “Dark Shadows,” which had a so-so domestic start of $ 28.8 million to finish a distant No. 2.

That’s far below such past Depp-Burton collaborations as “Alice in Wonderland,” which opened with $ 116.1 million, and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” which debuted with $ 56.2 million.


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