When news of the massive $207 million opening weekend for Marvel's epic superhero blockbuster "The Avengers" landed earlier this week, even folks who don't know anything about movies knew that was a whole lot of lettuce. But it seems like chump change when you compare it to the estimated bill for "The Avengers" epic NYC battle: $160 billion dollars.
Even Tony Stark might have to think twice about paying off that debt.
Luckily, Stark — and Marvel's parent company, Disney, who might actually be able to find that kind of cash — don't actually have to fork over the money.
But according to The Hollywood Reporter, $160 billion is the amount it would cost to repair the damage to Manhattan caused by the alien attack during the climactic fight at the end of "The Avengers."
To put that in perspective, $160 million is more than the attacks on September 11, 2001 (which caused $83 billion in damages), Hurricane Katrina ($93 billion) or the tsunami that devastated Japan last year ($122 billion).
Worst of all, according to the analysts at Kinetic Analysis Corp., insurance companies might not actually pay out the amount thanks to the involvement of a couple of heavy hitting Asgardian demigods.
"Most insurance policies have special provisions for acts of war, civil unrest or terrorism," KAC's report said. "Given the involvement of individuals considered deities in some cultures (Thor, Loki), there is even the potential to classify the event as an 'act of God,' though that designation would be subject to strenuous theological and legal debate."
Guess it's a good thing Manhattan hasn't actually be destroyed by alien invaders after all. Otherwise, Marvel's next movie might have to be "Damage Control."