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Avengers: Age of Ultron enjoys second best US opening of all-time

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Story by Jack Foley

JOSS Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron has scored the second highest US opening of all-time with $187.7 million.

The figure fell just shy of the best opener, Whedon’s own original Avengers Assemble, which hit $207.4 million. But its failure to set a new record was put down to Saturday night’s Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao boxing match, which interrupted the film’s box office momentum.

Movie-going in general fell by 40% from Friday to Saturday in just Los Angeles and San Francisco as people stayed at home to witness the pay-per-view fight.

However, $187.7 million helped to ensure that Disney and Marvel now boast the top three opening weekends of all time in the US, with the first Avengers and Iron Man 3, which debuted to $174.1 million in May 2013.

Age of Ultron pushes Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows — Part 2 ($169.2 million) into fourth.

Put together with the film’s continued domination internationally, where it took another $168 million from 88 territories for an early world-wide total of $627 million, it means that Age of Ultron has already surpassed the lifetime global earnings of Captain America ($371 million), Thor ($449 million), Iron Man ($583 million) and Iron Man 2 ($622 million).

All eyes will now be on whether Age of Ultron can match or surpass the $1.5 billion earned by the original Avengers worldwide in 2012.

As a point of interest, Age of Ultron cost $250 million to make and returns Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow.

Elsewhere, Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 finished Sunday with a global total of $1.429 billion to become the fourth top-grossing film of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers, Titanic ($2.2 billion) and Avatar ($2.8 billion). It currently lies in third spot at the US box office.

In second was Blake Lively-starrer The Age of Adaline, which earned $6.3 million for a 10-day total of $23.4 million, while in fourth was Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 with $5.5 million for a US total of $51.2 million.

DreamWorks Animation’s animated title rounded out the top five with $3.3 million.

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