Box Office: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Remains No. 1 in the World
Mother’s Day weekend belonged to the superheroes.
Avengers: Age of Ultron remained at No. 1 with a stunning $77.1 million, putting it over the $300 million milestone domestically in just 10 days. The movie also remains the biggest film worldwide right now, as its global total is a gobsmacking $875.3 million, making this the second-biggest second weekend of all time after the first Avengers movie in 2012.
Even though Avengers: Age of Ultron declined an unexpected 59.6% from its record-breaking debut weekend, compared to the 50.3% decline of the first Avengers, the movie is actually ahead of its predecessor in overseas ticket sales. This, despite the fact that the movie hasn’t even opened yet in two of its biggest overseas markets, Chine and Japan. With a foreign total of $562.4 million so far, expect that number to balloon in the coming weeks. If nothing else, the global success of the film will help the movie easily surpass $1 billion at the box office.
Naturally, no other new film could hold a candle to the Avengers this week. The closest any movie came was the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara buddy comedy Hot Pursuit, which debuted at No. 2 with an underwhelming $13.3 million. This makes Hot Pursuit the second-worst opening for a Reese Witherspoon comedy after the $7.5 million bomb, How Do You Know. The audience also skewed older than MGM and New Line would have liked, as 82% of the audience was over age 25. At a cost of $35 million to make, it seems somewhat unlikely that the movie will turn a profit, unless international ticket sales and home video receipts can make up the difference.
Still, Hot Pursuit did well enough to keep ahead of similarly female-targeted film, The Age of Adaline, which came in at No. 3 with $5.6 million. The success of The Age of Adaline would appear to suggest that not everybody is onboard with the exhausting action of the summer movie season. This counterprogramming approach could prove to be brilliant, particularly since it’s targeting women and older audiences, which could result in surprisingly steady profits.
Meanwhile, Furious 7 continues to perform admirably in spite of losing a significant chunk of its audience to Marvel over the past two weeks. Furious 7 came in at No. 4 this week with $4.5 million, bringing its worldwide gross to $1.466 billion in just over a month. However, rounding out the Top 5 was a movie that couldn’t possibly be any more different than the 7th Fast and Furious flick, as Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 raked in $5.1 million to come in at No. 5.
But how did the rest of the films at the box office do? Check out the Top 10 below:
TOP 10 AT THE WEEKEND BOX OFFICE – 05/11/2015
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron ($77.2 million)
2. Hot Pursuit ($13.3 million)
3. The Age of Adaline ($5.6 million)
4. Furious 7 ($5.2 million)
5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($5.1 million)
6. Ex Machina ($3.4 million)
7. Home ($3 million)
8. Woman In Gold ($1.6 million)
9. Cinderella ($1.5 million)
10. Unfriended ($1.4 million)