'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Lands Second Best Ever Single Day Gross with $84.5 MillionMay 02, 2015 03:30 AM

by BoxOffice Staff

Disney reports this morning that Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron amassed $84.46 million on Friday, including Thursday night's $27.6 million start from early shows. That take stands as the second best single day gross in history (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 retains its $91 million record) and is 4.5 percent ahead of its predecessor's debut ($80.8 million) three years ago this weekend. That first Avengers famously became the first movie to ever crack $200 million in a single weekend, a benchmark that Ultron has a fair shot at topping.

The Marvel brand has a history of displaying great Saturday and Sunday holds as families turn out after the fans. Still, given the massive anticipation among both fans and casual audiences heading into release, it's possible this sequel will be more front-loaded than previous Marvel flicks. The question is: how much more? Some in the industry have noted today's Kentucky Derby and Mayweather-Pacquiao boxing match could keep potential viewers home. Ultimately, however, word of mouth may be the key deciding factor -- and things look positive on that end. Ultron grabbed an "A" CinemaScore, while it stands at 90 percent among Rotten Tomatoes users (one tick behind Furious 7's 91 percent among the best day-after-release scores in 2015). Critics gave it a more modest 75 percent as of this morning, in line with Iron Man 3.

For the weekend, BoxOffice is projecting $210 million for Avengers: Age of Ultron -- which would top the first Avengers' $207.4 million record bow three years ago, and give the Marvel Cinematic Universe the top three domestic openings in history.

Landing in second place yesterday, The Age of Adaline slipped 55.5 percent from its opening day last week to $2.21 million. With $19.4 million in the bank through eight days of release, BoxOffice is projecting a $6.9 million sophomore frame.

Moving down to third, Furious 7 was off 57 percent from last Friday to $2.1 million. That gives the blockbuster hit $326.5 million domestically to date. Look for a weekend around $7.3 million.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 earned $1.775 million in fourth place yesterday, down 52.5 percent from last week. The sequel's total now stands at $47.4 million. BoxOffice projects a $7.2 million frame.

Filling out the top five, Home posted another $0.87 million on Friday, giving it $155.7 million in the bank overall. The pic should bring in around $3.5 million this weekend.

Daily Domestic Gross Tue, May. 24 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$6,052,664-26%4,155--$1,457$104,347,7741Disney
4Fast Five$850,880-19%3,622-171$235$188,065,7554Universal
5Priest (2011)$504,137-12%2,8640$176$24,912,3982Sony / Screen Gems
6Something Borrowed$421,0061%2,606-298$162$32,358,5723Warner Bros.
7Rio (2011)$341,594-37%2,593-336$132$132,564,0176Fox
8Jumping the Broom$275,987-9%1,472-563$187$31,900,5963Sony / TriStar
9Water for Elephants$248,666-6%1,894-531$131$52,969,3555Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Soul Surfer$77,722-9%984-484$79$40,774,0267Sony / TriStar
2Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$72,9244%912-537$80$51,866,9195Lionsgate
3Everything Must Go$59,5295%24527$243$1,744,7952Roadside Attractions
4Limitless$41,395-33%35759$116$78,172,62610Relativity Media
6Source Code$40,119-32%377-249$106$53,054,8848Summit
9Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$35,206-62%642-634$55$9,326,8244Weinstein Company
10Jane Eyre (2011)$31,263-9%208-40$150$10,436,46311Focus
11Win Win$25,721-8%202-46$127$9,404,62510Fox Searchlight
12The Conspirator$24,211-6%269-101$90$10,959,6076Roadside Attractions
13The Lincoln Lawyer$23,169-21%258-87$90$56,560,92510Lionsgate
14The Beaver$21,174-7%16863$126$623,6343Summit
16Arthur (2011)$14,472-7%237-107$61$32,830,8247Warner Bros.
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$11,706-31%253-58$46$51,916,2569Fox
18Scream 4$11,017-14%205-221$54$37,741,5306Weinstein Company
19The Adjustment Bureau$10,9950%116-48$95$62,475,33012Universal

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, May. 24 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Born to Be Wild 3D$63,717-18%50-7$1,274$5,489,8987Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Hubble 3D$23,130-10%340$680$25,083,22862Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Sucker Punch$3,1039%45-94$69$36,387,6669Warner Bros.
4The King's Speech$2,202-15%40-31$55$138,757,27326Weinstein Company
5Red Riding Hood$2,088-10%50-50$42$37,656,97311Warner Bros.
635 and Ticking$1,845-36%6--$308$34,5441Image Entertainment
7Go For It!$1,22711%64-154$19$175,0202Lionsgate / Pantelion
8Kill the Irishman$1,093-20%12-1$91$1,155,72111Anchor Bay Films
9Biutiful$832-39%0-11--$5,096,63221Roadside Attractions
10Skateland$629-23%119$57$16,3912Freestyle Releasing
11Dum Maaro Dum$396-8%11-9$36$560,3155Fox Searchlight
12Meet Monica Velour$198-65%21$99$32,4067Anchor Bay Films
13The Music Never Stopped$7--5--$1$242,92510Roadside Attractions