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, Feb. 6 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleThu, Feb. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Ride Along$701,9200%2,867108$245$95,722,5903Universal
2That Awkward Moment$610,7788%2,809--$217$11,308,0351Focus
3Lone Survivor$592,5150%3,285123$180$107,286,2866Universal
4Frozen (2013)$536,215-7%2,754-3$195$361,764,62611Disney
5Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit$467,268-2%2,907-480$161$40,869,4153Paramount
6Labor Day (2013)$407,1655%2,584--$158$6,942,3961Paramount
7American Hustle$381,8614%2,216-88$172$135,017,0808Sony / Columbia
8The Wolf of Wall Street$335,6420%1,607-197$209$105,313,8246Paramount
9The Nut Job$325,688-13%3,4720$94$51,272,6643Open Road
10August: Osage County$310,14010%2,319-92$134$32,809,1206Weinstein Company
11I, Frankenstein$270,517-7%2,7530$98$16,007,2932Lionsgate
12Gravity$221,1599%1,132-128$195$264,802,80018Warner Bros.
1312 Years a Slave$167,6747%1,172-59$143$46,531,27416Fox Searchlight
14Dallas Buyers Club$123,0240%1,052-58$117$23,072,48614Focus
15Saving Mr. Banks$107,0207%1,075-585$100$81,454,2188Disney
16Devil's Due$63,152-8%1,290-1254$49$15,084,6853Fox

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleThu, Feb. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Nebraska$149,8589%875-93$171$14,240,06812Paramount Vantage
2Philomena$135,70513%56762$239$27,874,92211Weinstein Company
3Her (2013)$124,3962%803-522$155$21,732,8877Warner Bros.
4The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug$110,2668%933-352$118$254,710,1788Warner Bros. / New Line
5The Hunger Games: Catching Fire$80,9244%822-229$98$421,750,78511Lionsgate
6The Legend Of Hercules$43,530-3%598-773$73$18,155,8074Lionsgate / Summit
7The Secret Life of Walter Mitty$32,26811%410-130$79$57,008,8296Fox
8Inside Llewyn Davis$30,4219%214-75$142$12,596,6349CBS Films
9Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues$29,583-4%420-404$70$124,534,2657Paramount
10The Book Thief$25,96329%178-19$146$20,847,07213Fox
11Gimme Shelter (2014)$23,86118%347-38$69$1,280,1752Roadside Attractions
12Captain Phillips$19,8856%245-57$81$106,624,78117Sony / Columbia
1347 Ronin$14,005-5%174-65$80$38,362,4756Universal
14Walking With Dinosaurs$13,442-15%323-7$42$35,027,2157Fox
15Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2$10,3544%220-22$47$119,151,92719Sony / Columbia
16Grudge Match$8,5190%241-3$35$29,376,7326Warner Bros.
17Last Vegas$8,28337%104-55$80$63,858,69014CBS Films
18Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas$6,37115%16331$39$52,458,8448Lionsgate
19Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones$6,061-11%150-377$40$32,316,3505Paramount
20Free Birds$3,5793%135-36$27$55,533,06714Relativity Media

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleThu, Feb. 6 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Gloria (2014)$15,167-2%2926$523$304,7372Roadside Attractions
2Knights of Badassdom$7,759158%11-2$705$81,6272eOne Films US
3Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom$7,32463%77-25$95$8,165,41010Weinstein Company
4At Middleton$2,586-26%20--$129$46,4951Anchor Bay / Freestyle
5All Is Lost$1,37510%25-5$55$6,249,98916Roadside Attractions
6Lee Daniels' The Butler$1,279-3%52-49$25$116,629,48825Weinstein Company
7Out of the Furnace$9787%36-38$27$11,330,8499Relativity Media
8Love Is in the Air$46328%6--$77$6,5331Focus World