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“Avengers: Age of Ultron” dominated the global box office this weekend, picking up $168 million in foreign ticket sales.
The comicbook adventure’s worldwide bounty now tops off at $626.7 million after 12 days in theaters — “Avengers: Age of Ultron” opened in certain key international territories last week in advance of its domestic debut on May 1.
Among the assorted records it torched, the film has posted the biggest opening weekend of all time in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, the Philippines, and Ecuador. Last weekend, the picture also scored the highest global haul for an Imax release, with $25 million in receipts.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” has now opened in 71% of the global marketplace, but several key territories remain. The sequel will open in China, the world’s second largest marketplace, on May 12, and Japan, the third largest, on July 4.
A stronger dollar and wilting exchange rates in parts of Europe and Russia are causing »
- Brent Lang
Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron has had the second-biggest selling single day at the Us domestic box office.
The film's previews took $27.6 million on Thursday before taking in an estimated $84.5 million for its opening day (including those previews), according to comingsoon.net.
The film is second only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 which took in $91 million in 2011's summer.
The figure is more than the $80.8 million The Avengers brought in during its opening day, eventually taking $207 million over the opening weekend.
We still have some time to wait until that figure is clear for Avengers: Age of Ultron but based on the higher opening day, another broken record may not be far off the mark.
Ultron's opening on Friday overseas drew in a total of $340 million, making a global gross of $425 million.
It broke opening records in the UK too.
Read Digital Spy's review of Avengers: Age of Ultron here. »
Avengers: Age of Ultron will enjoy an opening weekend over $200 million. It will be the second movie to ever do so after the first Avengers film. Yesterday, it enjoyed the second biggest single day of all-time, tallying $84.5 million on Friday, second only to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2's $91 million from back in 2011. Expectation now, is for the film to finish somewhere from $203-215 million. The Avengers took in $80.8 million on Friday when it opened back in 2012 on its way to a $207 million opening. Of course, expectation here is Thursday preview screenings and Friday screenings were far more frontloaded than the original film and with NBA and NHL playoffs this weekend, the Kentucky Derby and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight tonight, there are a lot of events competing for eyeballs so it seems Age of Ultron may simply have to settle with the second best opening of all-time... not »
- Brad Brevet
Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is heading for box office history with an $84.5 million opening day in U.S — the second biggest domestic launch ever — and enough to match the $207.4 million opening weekend record for 2012’s “The Avengers.”
Friday’s first-day number for “Age of Ultron” trails only the $91 million opening-day record set in July 2011 by Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” But it is well ahead of the $80.8 million opening day of “Avengers” three years ago.
“Ultron” is looking at a range of $200 million to $210 million for its opening weekend — even with the sports distractions of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight, the Kentucky Derby and the NBA playoffs. If it doesn’t break “The Avengers” record, it will still finish far ahead of the launch weekend for Disney-Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” currently the second-highest number with $174.1 million in May, »
- Dave McNary
Disney and Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is heading for box office history with early Friday estimates showing it running slightly ahead of the $207.4 million opening weekend record for 2012’s “The Avengers.”
The first-day numbers for “Age of Ultron” look to come in between $89 million and $98 million — which could break the $91 million opening-day record set in July 2011 by Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.”
“Ultron” launched with a stunning $27.6 million in Thursday-night previews starting at 7 p.m. in North America — far above the $18.7 million grossed in midnight showings by “The Avengers” on its first Thursday night in May 2012. “The Avengers” posted the second-highest opening day of all-time with $80.8 million on Friday.
Box office trackers have been asserting in recent days that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” can break that mark this weekend with openings at 4,276 locations. The most robust early estimates on Friday indicated that the »
- Dave McNary
Today, after a week of waiting patiently for the release, Avengers: Age of Ultron arrives in the USA, and the film is already breaking records from its Thursday midnight previews.
From midnight shows, Ultron ended with an estimated $27.6 million, almost $10 million more than the $18.7 million midnight opening for The Avengers on the same weekend in 2012. In addition, the film smashed through $3 million in IMAX to set a new Thursday previews record, beating the $2.3 million set by The Dark Knight Rises in 2012.
See Also: Read Our Review Of Avengers: Age Of Ultron Here
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 is still the market leader for opening day grosses, taking $91 million in its first day which included around $43.5 million from its own Thursday previews, on its way to a huge $169.2 million opening weekend. In addition, Ultron’s Thursday numbers are also behind the $30 million took by The Dark Knight Rises »
- Scott J. Davis
Avengers: Age of Ultron is already nearly $9 million ahead of its predecessor as it scored $27.6 million from Thursday night screenings last night, well above the $18.7 million taken in by Marvel's The Avengers back in 2012. With that total comes the first of what will likely be many records broken as $3 million of that total came from IMAX screenings, besting the previous record of $2.3 million set by The Dark Knight Rises. readmore postid="175484" The total is, however, well short of the Thursday night preview record, which belongs to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which grossed a massive $43.5 million back in July 2011. It's also behind the $30 million brought in by The Dark Knight Rises and the totals from three of the films in the Twilight franchise, but that doesn't mean much when it comes to the overall opening weekend record as the first Avengers was well below those numbers and »
- Brad Brevet
Step aside, Furious 7. We finally have something bigger than you to take all the box-office glory. Marvel already debuted Avengers: Age of Ultron overseas, and the highly anticipated superhero event dropped in the U.S. with late-night screenings on Thursday. The numbers from this opening are in, and they speak of great things to come for Joss Whedon.s tireless efforts. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Age of Ultron has already pulled in $27.6 million at the box office, just from this first night. Not many films can brag about achieving this marker. To give you some perspective, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 holds the title of highest-grossing Thursday night opener with $43.5 million. The Dark Knight Rises and three of the Twilight Saga installments fill out the proceeding slots with numbers circling $30 million, and Age of Ultron.s numbers give the film the fifth top spot. Thanks »
Showings started at 7 p.m. The domestic number came in far above the $18.7 million grossed in midnight showings by “The Avengers” on its first Thursday night in May 2012 on its way to a record-setting $207.4 million for the weekend. Box office trackers believe that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” can break that mark this weekend with openings at 4,276 locations.
Exit polling from the domestic previews showed 60% of the audience was male and 45% was under the age of 25.
The Thursday night preview number for the sequel fell short of the domestic preview record of $43.5 million, set in July 2011, by Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2.” “Furious 7″ took in $15.8 million in Thursday night previews on April 2. The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” number included $3 milion from Imax showings, nearly »
- Dave McNary
There were some raised eyebrows among box office-watchers across the pond on Saturday morning when it emerged that fantastical romance The Age Of Adaline had beaten current champ Fast & Furious 7 to the punch on Friday, taking the top spot. But by the time Sunday rolled around, the charts looked much as they did last week, with Vin Diesel and co. once again claiming victory with $18.2 million, according to studio estimates.Furious 7 has been unbeatable across its four weeks on release, putting $320.5 million into its account in the States and taking $1.3 billion worldwide, which means it leapfrogs Frozen and Iron Man 3 on the all-time global release list, settling into fifth place behind the likes of Avatar, Titanic, The Avengers and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 while threatening to overtake Potter before too long. It will surprise exactly no-one to learn that Universal is already looking »
Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »
- Brad Brevet
Furious 7 is poised to take the box office crown for the third week in row this weekend, but the action-packed sequel has just passed an incredible milestone, earning over $1 billion worldwide in just 17 days of release. The action-thriller has become the first Universal Pictures movie in history to earn over $1 billion during its initial theatrical release. Jurassic Park is currently the studio's highest-grossing movie ever, grossing $1.044 billion, but it only crossed $1 billion after its 3D re-release back in 2013. Furious 7's global haul now stands at $1.009 billion through today, and it will surely surpass Jurassic Park as the studio's highest-grossing movie of all time over the next few days. The sequel opened two days early in certain international markets, taking in $735.2 million internationally over 17 days, and taking in $273.7 million in North America in 15 days. Here's what Nick Carpou, Universal's president of domestic distribution, had to say in a statement. »
"Furious 7" just won't slow down. Universal Pictures announced today that the seventh installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise has now earned $1.009 billion in just 17 days. That's an amazing accomplishment for a series many thought was dead in the water less than 10 years ago. The James Wan directed thriller currently has made $273.7 million in the U.S. and another $735.2 million overseas. "Furious 7" is now the fastest film to hit the $1 billion mark ever topping "The Avengers," "Avatar" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" which accomplished it in 19. Overall, the "Fast & Furious" franchise has now grossed a combined $3.392 billion. In a statement from the studio, Nick Carpou, President, Domestic Distribution noted, "We’re incredibly proud to watch 'Fast & Furious' take its place as the only original live-action franchise to reach these kinds of results at the box office. Our cast, filmmakers and all of our Universal and »
- Gregory Ellwood
In just 17 days, Furious 7 is crossing the $1 billion mark at the worldwide box office. It's a new record for the fastest climb to the major milestone. (The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 crossed $1 billion in 19 days.) Plus, the film is the first Universal project to make it to the $1 billion mark in its original run. (1993's Jurassic Park reached $1.044 billion after the 3D rerelease in 2013.) Read More 'Fast 8' Nowhere Near Starting Line Furious 7, directed by James Wan and starring Vin Diesel,
- Rebecca Ford
Universal’s “Furious 7″ will cross $1 billion at the worldwide box office Friday, becoming the studio’s first film to reach that milestone in its initial release.
“Furious 7″ has grossed $735.2 million overseas in 17 days and $273.7 million in North America after 15 days — making it the fastest movie to reach $1 billion. “The Avengers,” “Avatar” and “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2″ had all crossed $1 billion in 19 days. Universal said the seven films in the franchise have totaled $3.392 billion in worldwide grosses.
It is the 20th film to take in $1 billion, with “Avatar” leading the list at $2.79 billion, followed by “Titanic” at $2.19 billion. Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” had been most recent addition to the list last year with a $1.09 billion worldwide gross, which leaves it in 10th place. »
- Dave McNary
After just seventeen days, "Furious 7" has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, making it the fastest film to ever do so.
It's also the only Universal Pictures film ever to surpass that mark in its first theatrical run, "Jurassic Park" made over a billion as well but that's combining its 1993 theatrical and 2013 3D re-release.
Nevertheless, the studio is chuffed with itself and has posted a statement from NBCUniversal vice chairman Ron Meyer in celebration: "I am incredibly proud of the motion picture team at Universal, the cast and filmmakers of the 'Fast and Furious' for all they have done to take our original idea and evolve it into a huge, global, blockbuster franchise."
- Garth Franklin
Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter movies, has criticized the BBC's plans to make youth-centric TV network BBC Three into an online-only service. "I’m dead against it, it’s a real shame," the actor, who has a role on BBC Three Afghanistan bomb squad dramedy Bluestone 42, told RadioTimes.com. "I’d be very sad to see BBC Three go that way." Read more 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2:' Matthew Lewis on Playing Neville Longbottom Explained Lewis: "I don’t think there’s enough television now for young people in general, and I
- Georg Szalai
Even though it doesn't open until Friday, the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" film has joined the list of Fandango's top five advance ticket-sellers in the company’s fifteen-year history.
At the same point in their sales cycles (two days before release), the film is coming fourth behind only "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" and "The Hunger Games".
The film is also on track to be the top seller among all films released during Valentine’s Day, the top February pre-seller and the biggest R-rated ticket-seller in the company’s history.
There is already reportedly hundreds of sold-out showtimes across the country.
Source: Fandango »
- Garth Franklin
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