'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 Fri, Feb. 8 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Identity Thief$11,087,755--3,141--$3,530$11,087,7551Universal
2Warm Bodies$3,267,700221%3,0090$1,086$28,392,7822Lionsgate / Summit
3Side Effects (2013)$2,800,011--2,605--$1,075$2,800,0111Open Road
4Silver Linings Playbook$1,605,358110%2,8090$572$84,699,59713Weinstein Company
5Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters$1,391,45091%3,285-90$424$39,474,3033Paramount
7Zero Dark Thirty$963,100114%2,562-309$376$80,523,6908Sony / Columbia
8Django Unchained$554,88591%1,502-275$369$152,768,0177Weinstein Company
9Argo$553,977162%1,405470$394$121,787,59018Warner Bros.
10Bullet to the Head$515,41059%2,4040$214$6,706,4322Warner Bros.
12Lincoln$427,41376%1,517-239$282$172,174,88214Disney / DreamWorks
13Les Miserables (2012)$376,22063%1,447-401$260$142,804,3757Universal
14The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey$309,52784%1,001-299$309$297,174,5799Warner Bros. / New Line
15Parental Guidance$240,950160%1,219-261$198$73,513,4407Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Top Gun 3D$527,122--300--$1,757$527,1221Paramount
2Life of Pi$374,250119%92422$405$107,158,75512Fox
3The Impossible$240,722104%739-26$326$15,951,4668Lionsgate / Summit
4Gangster Squad$230,99522%942-683$245$44,164,8355Warner Bros.
5Quartet$226,92068%24442$930$4,286,4075Weinstein Company
6Wreck-It Ralph$201,680495%75797$266$183,550,39515Disney
7A Haunted House$191,02389%913-588$209$38,411,4165Open Road
8Stand Up Guys$172,19234%67011$257$2,291,9562Lionsgate / Roadside
9Broken City$123,643-5%755-1031$164$18,867,1074Fox
10Skyfall$115,047--370-55$311$303,140,95314Sony / Columbia
11Movie 43$84,906-40%777-1246$109$8,466,3693Relativity Media
12Jack Reacher$70,529128%307-143$230$78,951,7708Paramount
13This is 40$56,99090%278-95$205$67,118,0058Universal
14Rise of The Guardians$46,127246%275-32$168$100,657,75112Paramount / DreamWorks
15Hyde Park on Hudson$34,61648%130-14$266$5,730,04810Focus
16The Guilt Trip$31,27083%225-66$139$36,618,8078Paramount
17Hotel Transylvania$31,010--191-33$162$148,022,81220Sony / Columbia
18Texas Chainsaw 3D$25,697681%18564$139$34,109,7466Lionsgate
19Here Comes the Boom$25,487--144-31$177$45,121,86318Sony / Columbia
20The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$24,745102%160-29$155$291,354,21313Lionsgate / Summit
21The Last Stand$24,308-5%239-450$102$11,835,7164Lionsgate
23Red Dawn (2012)$14,928112%105-48$142$44,711,34512FilmDistrict

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleFri, Feb. 8 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1ABCD - Any Body Can Dance$20,121--25--$805$20,1211UTV Motion Pictures
2To the Arctic 3D$19,015123%520$366$11,126,89143Warner Bros. / IMAX
3Race 2$18,82261%63-76$299$1,461,7553UTV Motion Pictures
4Anna Karenina (2012)$15,08221%911$166$12,632,76513Focus
5Born to Be Wild 3D$9,965219%300$332$21,890,74297Warner Bros. / IMAX
6Lost in Thailand$9,098--35--$260$9,0981WAMCR
7Playing For Keeps (2012)$8,50830%81-67$105$13,062,02810FilmDistrict
8Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Away$6,82869%47-3$145$12,471,5228Paramount
9Hitchcock$5,25830%36-8$146$5,909,51712Fox Searchlight
10The Master$4,782-6%291$165$16,228,18322Weinstein Company
11Taken 2$4,05124%35-48$116$139,829,84819Fox
12The Sessions$2,8596%18-11$159$5,924,97517Fox Searchlight
13A Late Quartet$1,936-10%120$161$1,507,15215Entertainment One / RKO
14Pitch Perfect$1,0503%15-26$70$64,995,52320Universal
15LUV$455-25%3-5$152$155,2024Indomina Media
16Brief Reunion$165--1--$165$4,3824Striped Entertainment