'Avengers' overpowers 'Battleship' at U.S., Canadian box office

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"Battleship," which had high hopes of becoming a summer blockbuster in the U.S. and Canada, could muster only $ 25.3 million this weekend in the face of the "Avengers" juggernaut.

Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical comedy "The Dictator," which has been heavily promoted in advance of its debut, finished in third place for the weekend with $ 17.4 million. Since its debut last Wednesday, it has taken in a total of $ 24.5 million in domestic - U.S. and Canadian - t icket sales.

"Battleship" was launched by Universal Pictures, a unit of Comcast Corp. Viacom Inc's Paramount Pictures distributed "The Dictator."

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