HOLLYWOOD—We all knew “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” would break box-office records, no one knew how big. Heck, I got an indicator when I tried to see the movie and it was virtually sold out on Friday and Saturday at every theater I went to.
The movie opened to more than $85 million on Friday, but had a three-day gross of $191 million. While the sequel fell short of the $207 million debut of its predecessor, it still managed to become the second highest debut of all time at the box-office.
Many speculated that the movie fell short thanks to the Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight, to some degree that could have played a role in box-office receipts which likely halted during the evening hours on Saturday. The sequel amounted more than $627 million in global receipts. Not bad, not bad at all. In a very distant second place was “The Age of Adaline” with $6.2 million. Falling to #3 was “Furious 7” which added another $6.1 million to its total, the flick has now grossed over $330 million at the domestic box-office since its release in April.
“Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2” continued to show its legs with moviegoers earning another $5.5 million; after 3 weeks the comedy has already crossed the $50 million mark. Rounding out the top five was the animated film “Home” which earned $3.3 million. Since March, the movie has already earned over $158 million at the domestic box-office.
This weekend sees the release of the comedy “Hot Pursuit” starring America’s sweetheart Reese Witherspoon and “Modern Family” star Sofia Vergara.