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New York City tends to be Hollywood’s favorite punching bag for a long time. In the record setting blockbuster, The Avengers, NYC takes another major @$$ whooping in the movie’s final scene. If you were wondering just how much it would cost for someone to play clean up duty for the capital of the world, The Hollywood Reporter did some homework. Turns out it would cost about two 9/11 attacks to fix the place. Ouch!


With the help of disaster estimation experts at Kinetic Analysis Corp, The Hollywood Reporter dug into the numbers to find how much “The Avengers’” climatic battle scene would actually cost NYC:

In an exclusive report for THR, KAC, led by Chuck Watson and Sara Jupin, employed computer models used for predicting the destruction of nuclear weapons and concluded that the physical damage of the invasion would be $60 billion-$70 billion, with economic and cleanup costs hitting $90 billion. Add on the loss of thousands of lives, and KAC puts the overall price tag at $160 billion.

For context, the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks cost $83 billion, Hurricane Katrina cost $90 billion, and the tsunami in Japan last year washed away $122 billion.


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