Grosses

'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 Sun, Dec. 25 2011

Wide (1000+)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol$13,653,650119%3,4483023$3,960$61,993,0902Paramount
2Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows$9,616,493147%3,7030$2,597$79,024,1772Warner Bros.
3War Horse$7,515,402--2,376--$3,163$7,515,4021Disney / DreamWorks
4The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011)$5,628,785124%2,914--$1,932$21,145,0771Sony / Columbia
5We Bought a Zoo$4,491,200138%3,117--$1,441$9,818,9201Fox
6Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked$4,388,46258%3,683-40$1,192$49,525,3792Fox
7The Adventures of Tintin$3,765,77855%3,087--$1,220$17,729,0161Paramount
8The Darkest Hour$2,993,519--2,324--$1,288$2,993,5191Summit
9New Year's Eve$1,474,664185%2,225-1280$663$32,650,9343Warner Bros. / New Line
10The Sitter$871,526218%1,486-1266$586$22,227,3673Fox
11The Muppets$609,9530%1,536-1272$397$75,702,2875Disney
12The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1$512,06081%1,411-1547$363$270,268,2076Lionsgate / Summit
13Arthur Christmas$298,393-60%1,524-1405$196$43,541,3215Sony / Columbia

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Descendants$1,007,983126%753-125$1,339$32,364,9236Fox Searchlight
2Young Adult$886,550156%9871$898$7,155,8983Paramount
3Hugo$826,94740%951-1581$870$43,759,0975Paramount
4The Artist$414,98076%167150$2,485$2,381,4935Weinstein Company
5My Week with Marilyn$264,280107%602358$439$6,980,2935Weinstein Company
6Puss in Boots (2011)$136,53046%389-368$351$143,661,7749Paramount / DreamWorks
7J. Edgar$64,26884%455-248$141$36,054,4097Warner Bros.
8Happy Feet Two$63,204-2%535-1245$118$59,852,1556Warner Bros.
9Jack and Jill$53,39242%242-1668$221$71,256,3257Sony / Columbia
10A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas$52,785161%24543$215$34,646,1588Warner Bros. / New Line
11Tower Heist$48,11055%283-1032$170$76,250,1708Universal
12Immortals$46,46267%228-988$204$82,364,5817Relativity Media
13Moneyball$41,96775%242144$173$74,506,05914Sony / Columbia
14Courageous$41,930190%19291$218$33,684,29213Sony / TriStar
15Dolphin Tale$18,9766%188-93$101$71,587,24914Warner Bros.
16In Time$16,17992%112-161$144$36,867,9499Fox
17The Ides of March$16,10259%14573$111$40,647,23112Sony / Columbia
18Footloose (2011)$14,695105%182-71$81$51,437,38411Paramount
19Paranormal Activity 3$13,704244%124-82$111$103,878,05710Paramount

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleSun, Dec. 25 2011LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy$313,82262%5539$5,706$1,819,0413Focus
2Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close$72,348--6--$12,058$72,3481Warner Bros.
3Shame$49,35071%50-1$987$1,530,9914Fox Searchlight
4Margin Call$7,46620%30-91$249$5,186,35010Roadside Attractions
5In the Land of Blood and Honey$7,43656%3--$2,479$18,8541FilmDistrict
6Drive (2011)$4,05859%26-30$156$34,787,20415FilmDistrict
7Like Crazy$3,313134%30-70$110$3,341,8679Paramount Vantage
8The Three Musketeers (2011)$2,84643%37-86$77$20,358,12010Summit
9Born to Be Wild 3D$2,303-80%490$47$14,876,31638Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Martha Marcy May Marlene$1,688-7%15-24$113$2,889,38310Fox Searchlight
1150/50$1,39167%31-80$45$35,003,81213Summit
12The Polar Express (2011 re-issue)$1,243-91%20-5$62$624,3465Warner Bros.