Just to make the first weekend of the summer even more exciting, everyone is waiting with bated breath to see if Marvel Studiosâ€™Â Avengers: Age of UltronÂ will set a brand-new opening record, surpassing the one set byÂ Marvelâ€™s The AvengersÂ 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 estimatedÂ $84.5 million for its opening day (including those previews), the second-biggest single day at the domestic box office ever afterÂ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which opened with $91 million in the summer of 2011.
The originalÂ The AvengersÂ 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 movieâ€™s opening day that was grossed on Thursday.
Thereâ€™s also the issue of a number of events this weekend, including the Kentucky Derby later today and the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight tonight, which is already predicted to one of the most viewed box matches in decades which could cut offÂ Age of Ultronâ€˜s important Saturday night viewership.
Conservatively, the sequel could end up just below the opening for The AvengersÂ but with a similar multiplier it would end up just above with between $212 and 215 million. Saturday will be a big day for the movie with families with kids going to see the film and weâ€™ll have to see how far Age of Ultron ends up ahead ofÂ The Avengersâ€™ first Saturday of $69.6 million.Â
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. Weâ€™ll known in another week or so whetherÂ Age of UltronÂ is able to beat Furious 7â€˜s record-setting run to a billion worldwide. It should more than halfway there by Sunday.
Check back tomorrow for ComingSoon.netâ€™s full weekend box office report.
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