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The Avengers: Age of Ultron dominates US box office for second weekend

The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Story by Jack Foley

THE Avengers: Age of Ultron has continued to freeze out the competition at the US box office, marching on to another $77.1 million in its second weekend of release.

The superhero juggernaut has now taken $300 million in only 10 days of release in the US, while its world-wide total now sits at a stunning $875.3 million.

What’s more, the film enjoyed the second-biggest sophomore weekend of all time after the first Avengers ($865.3 million) and tied with The Dark Knight to become the fastest film to reach $300 million behind Avengers (nine days).

That left the weekend’s new releases to battle it out for supremacy below them at the box office.

Leading that pack was Hot Pursuit, a new comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, that came in second with $13.3 million – lower than anticipated.

The film, which follows Witherspoon’s inept police officer as she attempts to protect a drug dealer’s widow (Vergara) from corrupt cops and criminals, picked up terrible reviews and subsequently marks the second-worst nationwide opening for a Witherspoon comedy after How Do You Know ($7.5 million).

Romantic drama The Age of Adaline slipped from second to third with $5.6 million. The Blake Lively star vehicle, about a woman who cannot age, opened in UK cinemas over the weekend.

And rounding out the top five were Fast & Furious 7, which came fourth with $5.2 million (bringing its US haul to $338.4m) and Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2, which sits in fifth with $5.1 million.

Elsewhere at the US box office there were two more disappointments. Jack Black’s dark comedy The D Train, which claimed the widest opening in the history of its independent distributor IFC Films, tanked with $469,185, the fifth-worst opening in history for a film opening in 600 to 2,000 cinemas.

The film finds Black playing the chairman of a high school alumni committee who decides to convince the most popular guy in his class (James Marsden) to come back for their 20th reunion, thinking this will make others want to attend.

The other disappointment was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Maggie, which opened to a timid $131,000 from 79 cinemas. The zombie drama co-stars Abigail Breslin and follows a father and daughter attempting to survive a zombie epidemic even though one of them has become infected.

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