'Avengers' hurtles to $178.4M overseas debut

In this photo provided by Disney, Chris Evans, portraying Captain America, left, and Robert Downey Jr., portraying Tony Stark, act in a scene from "Marvel's The Avengers." Facebook fans are getting an early shot to see the all-star superhero tale "The Avengers." Disney's Marvel Studios announced Monday, April 2, 2012, that it will offer advance screenings around the world in cities where "The Avengers" has gained the most fans on Facebook. (AP Photo/Disney, Zade Rosethal)

April 29, 2012 10:28:21 AM PDT
The superhero saga "The Avengers" lived up to its blockbuster buzz with $178.4 million in overseas ticket sales days before it opens in U.S. theaters.

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