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Real-life 'Avengers' would cost New York $160 billion in damages [video]

Nick Fury and “The Avengers” save the world from imminent doom in Paramount Pictures’ movie of the same name, but in real life, the star-studded team of superheroes would cost New York City a fortune in the process. Based on a Marvel comic, “The Avengers” opened on May 4th and set a new record for opening weekend box office sales. The $200.3 million grossed by the film in fewer than three days wouldn’t even put a dent in the bill this team of superheroes would ring up if they took their battle to the streets of New York in real life, however.

According to an analysis performed by the Kinetic Analysis Corporation, a firm that assesses damages for insurance companies, the various battles fought by The Avengers in New York City resulted in as much as $70 billion worth of physical damage.The economic impact and costs associated with cleaning up the mess would add another $90 billion in expenses, bringing the total cost of the melee for insurance companies, businesses and the City of New York to $160 billion. Bloomberg’s report on the study follows below.

Updated to correct company name to Kinetic Analysis Corporation.

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