Jonathan Papish @ChinaBoxOffice
Avengers: Age of Ultron continued its global rampage this weekend with an estimated $168 million from 88 territories, adding 44 territories from last weekend and playing in 71% of its international market. Overseas, the Disney/Marvel sequel has now grossed $439 million which surpasses the lifetime cumes of Captain America ($194 million), Iron Man ($265 million), Thor ($268 million), Iron Man 2 ($310 million) and Thor: The Dark World ($439 million). Globally, Ultron is up to $627 million which bests Captain America ($371 million), Thor ($449 million), Iron Man (583 million), and Iron Man 2 ($622 million).
Ultron was the top movie in all 88 territories this weekend and dropped off only 37% from last weekend. It continues to dominate in Asia where it opened it Thailand to the 2nd biggest weekend ever for $7.4 million. South Korea is the top international market for Ultron (perhaps thanks to that high speed chase through downtown Seoul) with $55.4 million after two weekends. Russia is up to $27.2 million and has already passed the lifetime cume of the original Avengers. Despite most of country watching the fight of the century, the Philippines found time to make Ultron the third biggest movie of all time with $12.0 million behind Marvel’s Avengers and Iron Man 3.
Ultron also rolled out in most of Latin America this weekend with Mexico and Peru taking their biggest industry opening weekends of all times. It grabbed 92% of the market share in Mexico for $25.5 million. Elsewhere, Columbia and Peru both more than doubled their opening weekends from the original Avengers, and Brazil dropped off only 11% in its second weekend for a $29.5 million total.
In Europe, Spain opened to $6.2 million which was 2% ahead of Avengers and 41% ahead of Iron Man 3. The UK is Ultron’s second highest international market with $48.1 million, 6% ahead of Avengers thus far.
On the overseas IMAX front, Ultron picked up a cool $7.2 million on 221 screens in 50 countries for an international cume of $22 million. Mexico ($25K/screen), Ecuador ($40K/screen), and Egypt ($100K/screen) delivered their best weekends ever for IMAX.
Chinese filmgoers are eagerly anticipating Ultron’s release on May 12, and Japan will see the Avengers on its screens in July.
Furious 7 added $50.7 million from 65 territories this weekend, bringing its international cume to $1.091 billion and its global haul to a staggering $1.422 billion. That puts it past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 ($1.341B) as the 4th highest grossing film of all-time globally behind Avatar ($2.8B), Titanic ($2.2B), and The Avengers ($1.5B). Its $1.098 billion from overseas is the third highest behind Avatar ($2B) and Titanic ($1.5B).
The seventh installment in the Fast series continued to lead the market in China for a third consecutive weekend as it fell just 22% thanks to the Labour Day Holiday to gross $28.1 million for a 22-day total of $375 million. Furious still has one more weekend to break $400 million before Age of Ultron hits theaters on Tuesday, May 12.
Other top grossing territories are: U.K. and Ireland ($54.3 million), Mexico ($50.5 million), Brazil ($43 million), Germany ($37.4 million), Russia ($32.2 million), Australia ($32.2 million), France ($31 million), Venezuela ($30.3 million), Taiwan ($25.3 million), India ($24.8 million), South Korea ($24.1 million), Argentina ($24.4 million), the Middle East ($20.4 million), Italy ($20.1 million), and Japan ($17.8 million).
Home cozied up to $17.75 million this weekend, transporting its international total to $170.89 and the global total to $329.37 million. China took in $10.83 million ($21.32 million cume) from 3,842 screens to place #5 in the market over the Labour Holiday weekend. France added $1.58 million for a total of $5.46 million after 3 weekends, a bump of 8% from last weekend.
Cinderella is taking her last dance in Japan, but still managed to waltz up $7.0 million from 33 territories. She’s now crossed the $300 million overseas mark and will look to pass $0.5 billion globally in the coming week.
Unfriended scared up $3.9 million from 9 territories this weekend. Combined with a light rollout the past two weekends in the Baltic, its international tally is up to $4.08 million and its worldwide cume is $33 million. The tweeny social media thriller opened in 2nd place in both the UK and Ireland ($2.1 million) and Australia ($994k). Unfriended will expand internationally in the following months with South Korea next to open up on May 7.
Run All Night took in $3.4 million over the weekend from 49 markets bringing its international cume to $38.1 million. Brazil opened with $667K on 316 screens, Italy opened with $564K on 248 screens, and Argentina opened with $371K on 138 screens. The film has grossed $64.5 million worldwide and will open in Japan on May 16.
The Longest Ride bucked its way to $3.37 million this weekend with openings in Germany ($1.7 million), Austria ($285), Brazil ($265K), Switzerland ($301K), and Norway ($114K). Its international total stands at $11.98 million and $45.37 million globally. It kicks into Belgium and Spain next weekend.
Thomas Vinterberg’s Far From The Madding Crowd opened at #2 in the UK with $2.12 million. Combined with the two week total from Vinterberg’s native Denmark, the adaptation has grossed $2.55 million overseas and $2.74 globally after one weekend of limited release in the States.
Warner Bros’ Focus crossed $100 million this weekend with its opening in Japan where it found $1.0 million from 235 screens. The film stands at $154.35 million globally.