Box Office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Debuts With $187.7 Million, ‘Furious 7’ Is No. 4 All-Time
UPDATE: The number is now at an outrageous $191.1 million! This movie is out of control!
This weekend at the box office belonged entirely to Marvel and Disney, and it wasn’t even close.
Avengers: Age of Ultron demolished the competition with a monumental $187.7 million debut, making it the No. 2 opening of all-time behind The Avengers, which opened to $207.4 million on this same weekend in 2012. When coupled with the additional $168 million from foreign territories, which now brings the international total to $439 million, Avengers: Age of Ultron has now earned a worldwide gross of $627 million in just 12 days. That’s absolute madness when you consider that this is only the start of the summer movie season. Marvel and Disney could be diving into a Scrooge McDuck vault by the end of this if Ant-Man, Tomorrowland and Inside Out do even a fraction of these profits.
Of course, the movie likely would have done even better if not for the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight, which cut into box office business on Saturday night. The “Fight of the Century” is being blamed for the 40 percent drop in attendance from Friday to Saturday, although the silver lining here is that Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t the only film hurt by this. All of its competitors were affected as well, to such an extent that I’m genuinely wondering what kind of numbers this movie could have realistically done if not for Mayweather’s $400 million hugging exhibition. However, this movie could still easily approach James Cameron levels of box office profit by the time it’s all said and done
As it stands now, Disney and Marvel are sitting pretty with the top three openings of all-time in the U.S.: The Avengers is at No. 1, Avengers: Age of Ultron is at No. 2, and Iron Man 3 completes the trio, having opened to $174.1 million on May 3, 2013. In addition, the opening for Age of Ultron makes it only the eighth film in history to open over $150 million in the domestic market. And that’s not all, as the $84.5 million Friday gross is the biggest opening day for any superhero movie in history, and the second-biggest opening for any movie, after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. Internationally, Age of Ultron delivered the biggest opening of all-time in several territories such as Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong and the Philippines. Basically, this movie isn’t just popular, it’s a bonafide phenomenon, not that this should necessarily be a surprise to anyone (although that IS a whole hell of a lot of money. So, so much damn money).
While Avengers: Age of Ultron has a very long way to go if it wants to surpass The Avengers on the all-time list, since that film is currently at a monstrous $1.5 billion gross over the course of its run.
However, one film is already almost there: in just one month of release, Furious 7 has earned $1.4 billion worldwide, bringing it to the No. 4 position on the all-time highest grossing movies list. The only films ahead of it are The Avengers ($1.5 billion), Avatar ($2.8 billion) and Titanic ($2.2 billion). Yet, even with this strong showing, it appears the movie is losing a little steam domestically, having opened at No. 3 behind, of all things, The Age of Adaline (which resulted in the Top 2 looking like a war of the Ages). Blake Lively’s romantic drama offered an enticing bit of counterprogramming for all the testosterone-fueled action that tends to kick off the summer movie season. Granted, the movie made only $6.3 million this week, but that was still good enough to place at No. 2, just ahead of Furious 7, which took No. 3 with $6.1 million. Rounding out the top five were Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which came in at No. 4 with $5.5 million, and Dreamworks Animation’s Home, which took No. 5 with $3.3 million (its domestic total is now at a healthy $158.1 million).
Naturally, no new movies opened this week nationally, since it would have been cinematic suicide to open against The Avengers, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t other options to check out if comic book superheroes aren’t your thing.
But how did those other movies do at the box office? Check out the Top 10 movies for the weekend below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 05/04/2015
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($186.6 million)
2. The Age of Adaline ($6.2 million)
3. Furious 7 ($6.1 million)
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($5.5 million)
5. Home ($3.3 million)
6. Cinderella ($2.3 million)
7. Ex Machina ($2.2 million)
8. Unfriended ($1.9 million)
9. The Longest Ride ($1.7 million)
10. Woman In Gold ($1.6 million)
Did you hit up the theaters this weekend? If so, what did you see? And what movies are you looking forward to? Sound off in the comments!
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