the avengers jeremy renner chris evans scarlett johansson disney Box Office: 'The Avengers' stays on top for third week in a row“The Avengers” has maintained its box office title for the third week in a row. According to studio estimates, the popular superhero movie will earn $55 million this weekend, bringing its domestic box office total to $457 million.

The gap between first and second this weekend was pretty striking. .“Battleship” earned a softer-than-expected $25.4 million, followed by “The Dictator” at $17.4 million. “Dark Shadows” was fourth at $12.8 million and “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” earned a weak $10.5 million across almost 3500 locations.

Can any Memorial Day Weekend movies topple “The Avengers” from the top spot? “Men in Black III” is opening, but we aren’t sure that will be quite the hit the first one was. Perhaps found-footage horror movie “The Chernobyl Diaries” can do it.

The complete box office Top 10:

1. “The Avengers,” $55 M
2. “Battleship,” $25.4 M
3. “The Dictator,” $17.4 M
4. “Dark Shadows,” $12.8 M
5. “What to Expect,” $10.5 M
6. “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $3.25 M
7. “The Hunger Games,” $3 M
8. “Think Like a Man,” $2.7 M
9. “The Lucky One,” $1.8 M
10. “Pirates! Band of Misfits,” $1.5 M

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."