Battleship

The Avengers continued to hold onto the top spot at the box office, sinking three major new releases in the process.

The Avengers grossed an estimated $55 million in its third week of release, Box Office Mojo reports. The expensive action film Battleship, starring Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna, plundered just $25.3 to come in second. Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator followed at No. 3 with $17.4 million — a far cry from the openings of Borat ($26.4 million) and Bruno ($33 million).

Box office: The Avengers continues to break records, Dark Shadows has grim debut

At No. 4, Dark Shadows took in $12.7 million. The third newcomer of the week, What to Expect When You're Expecting, delivered a soft opening of $10.5 million to land at fifth place, despite stars including Jennifer Lopez and Cameron Diaz.

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was No. 6 with $3.2 million. In seventh, The Hunger Games followed close behind with $3 million.

Rounding out the top 10: Think Like a Man (No. 8, $2.7 million), The Lucky One (No. 9, $1.7 million) and Pirates! Band of Misfits (No. 10, $1.4 million).