Although we’re still a few days from the domestic opening of Joss Whedon’s highly anticipated sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, the film’s already opened in international territories, and has already become a force to be reckoned with at the box office.
According to Deadline, the film reuniting the principle stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has already hauled in $200.1 million in overseas ticket receipts, having opened in over half of the international markets it’s expected to bow in. This opening outperforms similar international debuts for the first Avengers film and for 2013’s Iron Man 3 by substantial margins, with Age of Ultron besting its crossover predecessor by over 40% and besting the last solo outing of the Armored Avenger by over 20%. That success has extended to IMAX presentations of the film as well, with this international debut coming in at the organization’s largest-ever non-China opening with $10.4 million on the specialized screens, averaging out at about a $60,000 take per screen.
Although the film doesn’t appear to be as much of a critical darling as its predecessor — with a Rotten Tomatoes score currently sitting at 78% — interest in the sequel is still sitting very high, and the film is expected to open massively in the United States and Canada as well. Made on a budget of approximately $279 million, Age of Ultron is well on its way toward profitability, and is on track to earn similarly to its predecessor, if not more. Currently, the first Avengers film is the highest grossing film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, earning over $623 million domestically and over $1.5 billion worldwide.
Iron Man 3 took in over $1.2 billion worldwide, with Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier both earning well over $700 million worldwide last year. Age of Ultron has a lot of work ahead of it, but it should be pretty astonishing to see how it performs when it’s unleashed on domestic box offices this coming Friday, May 1st.
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