Avengers: Age of Ultron made $187.7 million in its debut weekend. Not quite matching the first film’s $207.4 million debut, but I’m sure Disney execs are wiping the tears away with a vault full of cash.
Age of Ultron is sitting at just over $527 million once you factor in the international box office.
Many estimates pegged Age of Ultron at over $200 million, and on a typical weekend – it would have made it. But, Disney and Marvel had to compete with the sporting world this weekend. The Kentucky Derby, NBA playoffs and the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight kept many people at home or in sports bars.
Disney’s head of distribution Dave Hollis called the $187.7 million haul a “spectacular result” according to the AP.
“The momentum of the brand for Marvel at this point is really something to take a step back and admire,” he added.
Next up for Marvel? Ant-Man. The first trailer did nothing for me, but the second trailer has me on board for Marvel’s tiny hero.
With Age of Ultron, Marvel and Disney have the top 3 opening weekends of all time. They will own the top 4 once Star Wars: The Force Awakens releases. The question is, where will Star Wars end up? Can it crack $200 million opening weekend?
Here’s the rest of the top 5 movies this weekend:
The Age of Adaline – $6.2 million
Furious 7 – $6.1 million
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – $5.5 million
Home – $3.3 million
A couple of things to note:
Furious 7’s worldwide box office take now sits at $1.3 billion.
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 was universally panned with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 6%. Sony doesn’t care though. It’s budget was $30 million and it has already made $51 million domestically. Add in international box office and it has made $68.9 million.
What movie are you going to see next? Me? Mad Max: Fury Road. I still can’t believe how good it looks.