Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed a whopping $187.7+ million in North American theaters this past weekend.
There were high hopes for Avengers: Age of Ultron to be the highest grossing movie in Hollywood history. Unfortunately the movie will have to settle for second place, thanks to other popular events that took place over these past three days. The combination of the NBA playoffs, the Kentucky Derby and the highly anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao are to blame.
With Avengers: Age of Ultron being the second highest grossing film, that means The Avengers is still the box-office champion. The Avengers was released in 2012, three years ago this month, and the film earned a whopping $207.4 million opening. Disney doesn’t have much to complain about however, Iron Man 3 is the third highest grossing film of all time. The film brought in $174.1 million dollars in 2013 and Marvel has had eleven consecutive number one films. Quite the feat for a comic book company.
After adding $168 million from overseas this weekend, Avengers: Age of Ultron has taken in $627 million at the worldwide box office in just twelve days of its release. If the movie keeps moving at that pace Avengers: Age of Ultron should pass $1 billion, especially after the movie opens in China on May 12.
Dave Hollis, Disney’s head of distribution said the following,
“We’re truly proud of the second-biggest opening ever, and even more so that with Marvel we have the top three. We drove urgency, we got people excited and the weekend is a testament to the specialness and momentum of the Marvel brand. Their world creation, and the storytelling and character development.”