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 Thu, Aug. 9 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Dark Knight Rises$3,586,326-3%4,242-162$845$370,608,8193Warner Bros.
2Hope Springs (2012)$2,187,765-3%2,361--$927$4,453,0570Sony / Columbia
3Total Recall (2012)$2,061,501-9%3,601--$572$36,088,3921Sony / Columbia
4Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$1,741,7891%3,391--$514$22,354,0081Fox
5Ice Age: Continental Drift$1,284,3067%3,542-327$363$137,314,0524Fox
6Step Up Revolution$767,268-2%2,60639$294$27,314,7622Lionsgate / Summit
7The Watch$750,924-8%3,1680$237$29,174,6282Fox
8Ted (2012)$672,100-2%2,585-544$260$206,624,9106Universal
9The Amazing Spider-Man$574,938-1%2,216-944$259$253,343,4425Sony / Columbia
10Brave$498,2386%1,883-668$265$225,442,8667Disney
11Magic Mike$198,3513%1,202-873$165$111,816,6186Warner Bros.

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nitro Circus The Movie 3D$316,779-52%800--$396$982,4580ARC Entertainment
2Moonrise Kingdom$163,556-2%687-166$238$41,460,39811Focus
3Beasts of the Southern Wild$128,377-3%318110$404$6,437,2736Fox Searchlight
4Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted$103,83313%504-304$206$211,264,7649Paramount / DreamWorks
5Savages$87,420-14%564-850$155$46,563,2655Universal
6The Hunger Games$69,4583%291-19$239$406,970,23520Lionsgate
7The Intouchables$64,078-1%1940$330$8,923,43111Weinstein Company
8Tyler Perry's Madea's Witness Protection$63,424-10%737-374$86$64,454,8646Lionsgate
9Snow White and the Huntsman$46,4350%309-46$150$154,024,71010Universal
10The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel$42,747-5%230-46$186$45,207,29514Fox Searchlight
11Katy Perry: Part of Me 3D$30,2907%277-329$109$24,934,0295Paramount
12Prometheus$26,1941%198-31$132$125,937,2619Fox
13Safety Not Guaranteed$18,6606%121-28$154$3,542,4499FilmDistrict
14Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter$18,2413%165-32$111$37,088,9507Fox
15Dark Shadows$12,833-5%132-90$97$79,688,27213Warner Bros.
16Rock of Ages$10,08028%145-157$70$38,489,3528Warner Bros. / New Line

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Aug. 9 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1To the Arctic 3D$66,54714%520$1,280$7,088,70316Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Ruby Sparks$33,8940%6451$530$797,4982Fox Searchlight
3Born to Be Wild 3D$18,1411%330$550$20,407,70670Warner Bros. / IMAX
4Mirror Mirror$13,385-5%39-17$343$64,932,37519Relativity Media
5Easy Money (2012)$3,02214%61$504$125,1354Weinstein Company
6Soldiers of Fortune$3,00518%50--$60$38,2011Roadside Attractions
7For Greater Glory$2,68019%34-55$79$5,665,04610ARC Entertainment
8A Cat In Paris$2,1779%142$156$281,84110GKIDS