It was clear as soon as it was announced that Avengers: Age of Ultron was going to be a big box office heavyweight in 2015. Coming off of the success of the likes of the first Avengers film in 2012 and Iron Man 3 in 2013 — both of which grossed over $1 billion at the box office — the team-up sequel was expected to do at least as well as the first film that assembled Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Now, in at least one box office category, Age of Ultron has managed to outdo the massive success of Joss Whedon’s first Marvel Studios film.
According to Variety, Age of Ultron has recently surpassed $900 million at the international box office, besting the foreign performance of the first Avengers film by $5 million, and bringing the full worldwide total of the anticipated sequel to an impressive $1.3 billion. While the second film has yet to outdo the total $1.5 billion box office performance of the 2012 film, Ultron‘s success across the world shows a great amount of staying power that the film has at the box office, now over a month after its first bow.
There’s still at least one major market the film has yet to open in, as well, as Age of Ultron will premiere in Japan on July 4th. In our review, we felt that the second Avengers film wasn’t quite the home run that the first one was, but that this was due to a largely successful effort to be different from its predecessor in virtually every way.
Marvel Studios’ next film is Ant-Man, starring Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilley, Michael Douglas, and Corey Stoll. It will open on July 17th. For more on Marvel Studios as it takes shape, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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