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'Ultron's Massive $188 Million Falls Short of 'Avengers' Record

3 May 2015 12:05 PM, PDT

Avengers: Age of Ultron ruled the box office this weekend with a huge $187.7 million, which is the second-biggest debut ever. Unfortunately, the top opening ever belongs to its predecessor, Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million).

The Avengers sequel also continues to do strong business overseas, where it's earned $439 million before even debuting in China or Japan.

Domestically, Ultron's $187.7 million debut accounted for 85 percent of the Top 12 box office this weekend, which is a new record ahead of Spider-Man 3's 83 percent. The movie earned a bit more than the first Avengers on Friday, but its $57.2 million Saturday was 18 percent lower. It was also a bit below Iron Man 3's $62.3 million.

There was a perception heading in to the weekend that the original movie's record was going to easily be topped. In hindsight, though, that was a very unfair assumption. In the years since the first movie's opening, no other title has opened anywhere close to $200 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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