Foreign audiences got to experience the Age of Ultron a little early, as the film debuted in 44 markets. The second installment in the superhero team-up franchise grossed $200.2 million, which is a solid uptick over both The Avengers and Iron Man 3. There's little doubt in my mind that this film will explode in China when it opens there, as well as have solid performances in Spain and Mexico. Age of Ultron could end up topping Furious 7's international number, which would be quite impressive. But the next question is: how will the film perform in America?
There's one thing to get out of the way first- there's no way that Age of Ultron matches The Avengers' domestic total. Reviews aren't as stellar and the legs won't be as good. However, there's a very good chance that the film's opening weekend is even more massive than the $207 million that Joss Whedon's superhero opus pulled in back in 2012. Most estimates are around $215-$220 million, but could the film go even higher?
Since The Avengers debuted in 2012, Marvel has released four new movies. Each of them debuted to stellar numbers. Let's check those out:
-Iron Man 3- $174.1 million
-Thor: The Dark World- $85.7 million
-Captain America: The Winter Soldier- $95 million
-Guardians of the Galaxy- $94.3 million
Each of those films opened nearly $30-$40 above its predecessor. Iron Man 3's total was absurd even when it was first released. Marvel continued to surprise and stun and they created a true box office empire. Avengers: Age of Ultron is one of the most highly anticipated films in recent memory and there's a good chance that it could push $230 million if it holds up like The Avengers did. If audiences fall for it, and word of mouth carries it through Sunday, it'll do just fine. My final prediction is that the film will hit $225 million. We'll see next weekend for sure, but it is sure to be an exciting ride.