The film’s successful debut comes a month after Marvel and Disney announced that a sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger will be released April 4, 2014. A sequel to Thor is scheduled for release November 15, 2013, while the third installment of the hit Iron Man series, which has earned over $1.2 billion worldwide, will arrive in theaters May 3, 2013.

Directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, The Avengers is the first Marvel Studios film to be marketed and distributed by The Walt Disney Studios.