'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 Sat, Jun. 4 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1X-Men: First Class$19,713,168-8%3,641--$5,414$41,111,9461Fox
2The Hangover Part II$12,825,62321%3,6150$3,548$177,870,0312Warner Bros.
3Kung Fu Panda 2$10,221,47560%3,95227$2,586$92,762,0652Paramount / DreamWorks
4Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides$7,646,11149%3,966-198$1,928$185,027,9353Disney
7Fast Five$1,375,75541%2,237-744$615$201,163,1606Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Jumping the Broom$398,80366%589-350$677$35,701,6345Sony / TriStar
2Something Borrowed$367,63929%688-752$534$36,478,0475Warner Bros.
3Rio (2011)$323,08364%691-981$468$136,472,1538Fox
4Water for Elephants$303,53243%572-222$531$55,554,8167Fox
5Priest (2011)$158,92538%583-1335$273$28,611,3054Sony / Screen Gems
7Source Code$100,78339%288-11$350$53,789,00310Summit
8Soul Surfer$83,36326%245-156$340$41,691,8149Sony / TriStar
11Everything Must Go$67,51480%107-54$631$2,360,0884Roadside Attractions
12Tyler Perry's Madea's Big Happy Family$66,54158%196-163$339$52,587,6297Lionsgate
13Limitless$64,41738%232-37$278$78,695,29512Relativity Media
15Win Win$61,64898%14117$437$9,833,86712Fox Searchlight
16The Lincoln Lawyer$53,69277%133-33$404$56,968,58212Lionsgate
17Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules$43,30542%182-32$238$52,273,53211Fox
18The Conspirator$41,77993%110-27$380$11,305,4308Roadside Attractions
19Jane Eyre (2011)$41,26848%128-15$322$10,835,77213Focus
20Scream 4$32,89442%201-60$164$38,020,7058Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSat, Jun. 4 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Tree of Life$243,91639%2016$12,196$1,050,7072Fox Searchlight
2Born to Be Wild 3D$62,308-8%470$1,326$6,269,1199Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Hubble 3D$27,0006%322$844$25,383,74364Warner Bros. / IMAX
5The Beaver$20,37939%68-41$300$860,3775Summit
6Arthur (2011)$18,6943%62-15$302$33,006,3519Warner Bros.
7Submarine$16,97867%4--$4,245$27,1721Weinstein Company
8Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil$14,03278%80-123$175$9,516,9446Weinstein Company
9Beautiful Boy$6,32037%4--$1,580$10,9351Anchor Bay Films
10The Last Mountain$6,1821%2--$3,091$12,2981Dada Films
11Kill the Irishman$2,844183%8-2$356$1,174,93713Anchor Bay Films
12The King's Speech$2,7214%16-2$170$138,787,06228Weinstein Company
1335 and Ticking$1,47752%4-2$369$57,9343Image Entertainment
14Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?$1,381-40%4--$345$173,08038Collective Eye
15The Music Never Stopped$78175%50$156$246,92112Roadside Attractions
16Biutiful$45746%2-3$229$5,100,91123Roadside Attractions
17Skateland$339232%31$113$18,6144Freestyle Releasing