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The Avengers: Age of Ultron dominates international box office as Fast & Furious 7 holds firm in US

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Story by Jack Foley

AVENGERS: Age of Ultron, the latest instalment from Disney’s Marvel, has opened to a whopping $201.2 million at the international box office.

The tent-pole sequel, once again written and directed by Joss Whedon, was the No. 1 movie in every territory that it opened in, representing 55% of the entire international market.

It also exceeded the takings of the first instalment in the series by 44%, according to Disney’s calculations, prompting Dave Hollis, Disney executive vice president of theatrical distribution, to comment: “It’s a testament to the momentum of the brand and the consistency of unbelievable storytelling and world creation that the folks on the Marvel side are known for.”

The film doesn’t open in the US until Friday, when further box office records are expected to tumble.

That left Fast & Furious 7 to remain on top in North America for the fourth weekend in a row as it took in an estimated $18.3 million, bringing its US tally to $320.5 million.

Romantic drama Age of Adaline, starring Blake Lively, was expected to offer more of a challenge to Fast 7 but despite winning the race on the Friday, it petered out to land third (with $13.4 million), a place behind Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which held onto second spot with $15.5 million in its second weekend (despite bad reviews).

Rounding out the US top five was DreamWorks Animations’ Home in fourth place with $8.3 million and Universal’s horror thriller Unfriended, which took in $6.2 million, bringing its US total to $25.2 million (despite only costing $1 million to produce).

Taking a closer look at Fast & Furious 7‘s performance internationally, as well as in the US, the film has now amassed a world-wide total of $1.3 billion, making it the fifth biggest grosser in history.

The film looks set to overtake the current number four, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which collected $1.34 billion, fairly soon if its momentum continues.

In China, Furious 7 has hit $323 million in just 15 days, beating Transformers: Age of Extinction‘s record of $319 million.

But as if to underline its global appeal, Furious 7 has also taken $200 million in Latin America, $25 million in India, and $26 million in Taiwan.

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