Written by Staff Writer
04 May, 2015 | 5:27 pm
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron will set a brand-new opening record, surpassing the one set by Marvel’s The Avengers in May 2012. Whether or not that will happen is still up in the air.
After grossing $27.6 million in Thursday previews, the Marvel Studios sequel has reported an estimated $84.5 million for its opening day (including previews), the second-biggest single day at the domestic box office ever after Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened with $91 million in the summer of 2011.
The original The Avengers took in $80.8 million its opening Friday on its way to $207 million opening weekend, a multiplier of 2.56, although one has to expect the sequel will be more frontloaded with more screenings and money grossed on Thursday. In fact, the Thursday previews make up a much larger percentage of the opening day for the sequel, about 33% compared to the 22% of the first movie’s opening day that was grossed on Thursday.
Internationally, the movie added another $53 million yesterday, down just 17% from its opening Friday for an overseas total of $340 million and $425 million globally. We’ll known in another week or so whether Age of Ultron is able to beat Furious 7‘s record-setting run to a billion worldwide. It should more than halfway there by Sunday.
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