LOS ANGELES — Lots of superheroes add up to lots of money for “The Avengers.”
The film featuring a team of Marvel Comics heroes pulled in $80.5 million in its domestic debut Friday, the second-best haul ever on opening day.
“The Avengers” trails only last year’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which took in $91.1 million in its first day on the way to a record weekend of $169.2 million.
The huge opening for “The Avengers” launched what is expected to be a colossal summer for Hollywood, whose domestic revenues already were running 14 percent ahead of last year’s going into the weekend.
Summer season began a year ago with the Marvel Comics adventure “Thor,” one of the solo superhero sagas that led to “The Avengers.” “Thor” earned a respectable $65.7 million for its first weekend, while “The Avengers” brought in far more than that in a single day.
The superhero summer will continue through July with two more blockbusters in the making: “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Dark Knight Rises.”
“The Avengers” opened a week earlier in many overseas markets, where it has pulled in blockbuster cash in a matter of days.