Marvel’s team-up superhero sequel is proving to be a dominant force at the box office, in similar pace with its direct predecessor.
According to Variety, Avengers: Age of Ultron is now within stone throwing distance of $1 billion worldwide, and will have crossed the threshold by the end of the day. Out of the 11 released films comprising the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Age of Ultron will become the third one to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office, after 2012′s Avengers film, and 2013′s Iron Man 3. It’s also expected to outpace the year’s biggest domestic earner, Furious 7, by hitting an estimated $339 million by the end of the weekend.
Top international markets for the new film include South Korea, China, the United Kingdom, and Mexico, which have all seen grosses between $41-76 million. It set records for biggest-ever opening in Brazil, Mexico, Hong Kong, Ecuador, Bolivia and the Philippines, and stands as the biggest opening for Disney in China.
Age of Ultron continues the narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the Avengers having to contend with Ultron: an artificial intelligence created by Tony Stark and Bruce Banner to better guard the world. When Ultron goes rogue and instead plans to eradicate humanity, all of the Avengers are tested by the partnership the A.I. makes with two powerful beings: siblings Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver. In our review, we felt that Age of Ultron wasn’t quite the home run that the first Avengers film was, but that this was largely due to its successful effort to stand on its own.
The next Marvel Cinematic Universe release will be Captain America: Civil War, which features an extensive cast of Marvel Studios alums going back to 2008′s The Incredible Hulk. That film will open on May 6th, 2016. For more on Marvel Studios as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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