The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel fell to Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk, who brought in $200.3 million over the weekend, obliterating the previous domestic three-day record held by Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Combined with international openings, The Avengers has amassed $641.8 million in its first 12 days. Without Spider-Man.

More triumphs and failures from the weekend that was…


THE HORSE, RIGHT HERE
“I’ll Have Another” was the only horse wearing roses at Churchill Downs on Saturday, though according to ESPN, his chances of winning both the Preakness and Belmont are bleak. At 15-1, he’d be the Derby winner with the longest odds by far to complete the Triple Crown. Things took a bit of a macabre turn Sunday morning when a dead body was discovered near the barns at Churchill Downs. Foul play is suspected.


BON VOYAGE, SARKOZY
Left-wing candidate François Hollande defeated incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy in Sunday’s presidential runoff in France. Hollande becomes the first Socialist to win a French presidential election since François Mitterrand in 1988, and Sarkozy becomes only the second French president to fail to claim a second mandate since Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1981. Zut alors, indeed. Krugman explains why both the French and Greek elections over the weekend were, in effect, “referendums on the current European economic strategy, and in both countries voters turned two thumbs down.”


THE NEXT INSTAGRAM?
In this mildly amusing interactive game via the New York Times, you can vote on which tech startup is likely to be the next big thing, and which are likely to be the next pets.com.

Coldplay’s (kinda weird) tribute to the Beastie Boys

And now we’ll get back to fighting for your right to party.

—C.B.S.

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  • C. Brian Smith