Iron Man and Captain America from The Avengers
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Avengers smashes US box office record

8 May 2012 Last updated at 10:37 BST

The Avengers superhero movie has smashed the record for the biggest US opening weekend, taking $200m (£123m), early figures show.

The previous best opening weekend was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, which opened in July 2011 with $169m (£104m).

Film critic Kevin Bourke said the film's success can be attributed to having a "sensible and straightforward script".

BBC Breakfast also went to a comic book shop to find out why the film has been so popular.