The numbers are in and the year’s biggest blockbuster in Avengers: Age Of Ultron made good on its intentions to bring the masses to the theaters.
Marvel’s cash cow cashed in on ticket sales, resulting in the second biggest box office debut ever, following short to…you guessed it. 2012’s The Avengers.
Continuing a winning streak, Disney’s Monday actual figures show Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opening to $191.3 million from 4,276 theaters in North America, the No. 2 opening of all time behind The Avengers.
The film performed better than on expected Sunday and rebounded from any hit that a major boxing fight had on Saturday’s figures.
Overseas, where the summer’s first tentpole began opening last weekend, Age of Ultron earned another $168 million from 88 territories for a foreign total of $439 million and early worldwide haul of $631 million. In only 12 days, it has surpassed the lifetime global earnings of Captain America ($371 million), Thor ($449 million), Iron Man ($583 million) and Iron Man 2 ($622 million).
In North America, all eyes were on the sequel to see if it could beat the $207.4 million debut of the first Avengers on the same weekend in 2012 and become the new champ. Instead, it came in more than 9 percent behind.
On Friday, Age of Ultron grossed a massive $84.5 milion domestically, the biggest opening day for a superhero film and the second-biggest of all time after the final Harry Potter film ($91.7 million). In 2012, Avengers pulled in $80.8 million on its first Friday. However, Age of Ultron lagged behind Avengers on Saturday ($57.2 million versus $69.6 million).
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