'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, Aug. 6 2013

Wide (1000+)

#TitleTue, Aug. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
12 Guns$3,145,7755%3,025--$1,040$33,199,6551Universal
2The Smurfs 2$3,082,92626%3,866--$797$32,646,1891Sony / Columbia
3The Wolverine$2,844,8445%3,9240$725$100,186,7222Fox
4Despicable Me 2$1,763,44013%3,207-269$550$329,730,4205Universal
5The Conjuring$1,748,2182%3,11593$561$111,422,2883Warner Bros. / New Line
6Grown Ups 2$1,168,7266%3,075-183$380$118,466,3794Sony / Columbia
7Turbo$1,066,90520%2,985-824$357$71,263,1163Fox / DreamWorks Animation
8Red 2$725,9087%2,755-261$263$46,462,9083Lionsgate / Summit
9Pacific Rim$702,2952%1,803-799$390$94,272,3914Warner Bros.
10The Heat$632,2994%2,074-310$305$150,707,2726Fox
12The Way, Way Back$350,6088%1,001115$350$14,228,7775Fox Searchlight
13Fruitvale Station$327,0986%1,08622$301$11,487,4404Weinstein Company

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleTue, Aug. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Monsters University$276,10311%879-591$314$259,089,8417Disney
2World War Z$266,342-4%912-528$292$196,424,7177Paramount
3The To Do List$95,770-14%585-6$164$3,302,1892CBS Films
4The Lone Ranger$92,9624%553-714$168$86,947,6095Disney
5Star Trek Into Darkness$78,6260%300120$262$226,379,25112Paramount
6Man of Steel$72,603-3%304-197$239$287,829,1068Warner Bros.
8Now You See Me$38,3386%206-9$186$115,550,63510Lionsgate / Summit
9Fast & Furious 6$32,2500%230-37$140$238,084,44011Universal
10The Croods$29,30723%162-32$181$186,704,29720Fox / DreamWorks Animation
11The Great Gatsby (2013)$28,8472%228-43$127$144,569,34413Warner Bros.
12Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain$28,097-12%214-284$131$32,069,5925Lionsgate / Summit
13The Internship$26,5446%172-25$154$44,273,3019Fox
14The Purge$12,4950%132-25$95$64,448,6859Universal
15The Hangover Part III$6,3742%103-44$62$112,155,45911Warner Bros.

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleTue, Aug. 6 2013LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Spectacular Now$18,985-2%4--$4,746$235,7371A24
2Unfinished Song$12,8068%68-14$188$1,431,4077Weinstein Company
3Mud$9,35722%62-11$151$21,489,07715Roadside Attractions
4Much Ado About Nothing (2013)$7,60010%58-19$131$4,113,5809Roadside Attractions
5The Bling Ring$5,43510%395$139$5,783,7108A24
6Girl Most Likely$4,62814%36-191$129$1,355,3053Roadside Attractions
7Stories We Tell$1,8728%173$110$1,559,05913Roadside Attractions
8Kon-Tiki$1,61356%9-5$179$1,514,44215Weinstein Company
9Pain and Gain$1,3074%20-15$65$49,789,02215Paramount
10Copperhead$437-29%20$219$168,3506Brainstorm Media