'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 Mon, Apr. 21 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Rio 2$2,679,076-43%3,97527$674$77,724,1982Fox
2Captain America: The Winter Soldier$2,595,127-55%3,825-113$678$203,096,6373Disney
3Heaven is for Real$2,487,979-61%2,417--$1,029$32,044,3931Sony / TriStar
4Transcendence$997,298-56%3,455--$289$11,883,6841Warner Bros.
5A Haunted House 2$665,378-62%2,310--$288$9,509,2531Open Road
7Divergent$652,360-43%2,486-624$262$134,428,8515Lionsgate / Summit
8Oculus$552,733-50%2,6480$209$21,699,0042Relativity Media
9Draft Day$522,236-57%2,7810$188$19,883,0992Lionsgate / Summit
11God's Not Dead$477,736-61%1,796-64$266$48,649,8115Freestyle / Pure Flix
12The Grand Budapest Hotel$345,816-55%1,280-187$270$45,310,7457Fox Searchlight

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Muppets Most Wanted$186,956-12%929-1332$201$48,494,7745Disney
2Mr. Peabody & Sherman$117,137-18%780-1221$150$107,281,9417Fox / DreamWorks Animation
3The LEGO Movie$67,493-18%340-270$199$252,326,54911Warner Bros.
42 States$62,131-78%135--$460$1,136,0291UTV Motion Pictures
5Non-Stop (2014)$39,600-54%360-402$110$90,186,7308Universal
6Frozen (2013)$29,413-45%290-54$101$399,907,38022Disney
7300: Rise of an Empire$27,187-48%265-260$103$105,508,9327Warner Bros.
8Son of God$18,810-71%503-402$37$59,455,8518Fox
9Bad Words$18,119-51%223-540$81$7,581,2076Focus
10Dom Hemingway$17,568-49%12987$136$317,5823Fox Searchlight
11The Nut Job$13,660-38%201-60$68$64,028,75314Open Road
12Sabotage (2014)$11,135-46%130-621$86$10,364,5784Open Road
13Cesar Chavez$10,827-54%117-188$93$5,402,1144Lionsgate / Pantelion
14Make Your Move$9,617-53%142--$68$90,7891High Top Releasing
153 Days to Kill$7,764-48%11027$71$30,547,1859Relativity Media
16Gravity$7,215-55%145-57$50$273,987,34729Warner Bros.
17Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club$6,452-44%114-21$57$15,932,1816Lionsgate
18Philomena$4,680-28%101-56$46$37,643,60222Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleMon, Apr. 21 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$30,229-18%370$817$846,6933Warner Bros. / IMAX
2The Railway Man$16,293-59%2622$627$268,6952Weinstein Company
3Joe (2014)$7,574-56%480$158$234,5252Roadside Attractions
4The Unknown Known$4,465-55%49-31$91$230,0263RADiUS-TWC
5Frankie & Alice$4,338-47%43-128$101$678,4893Lionsgate / CodeBlack Films
612 Years a Slave$4,232-29%53-11$80$56,618,86527Fox Searchlight
7Godzilla: The Japanese Original$2,48323%1--$2,483$13,3861Rialto Pictures
8Watermark$2,199-52%96$244$45,0603eOne Films US
9Ernest & Celestine$1,690-61%31-8$55$243,6448GKIDS
1013 Sins$1,245-49%45--$28$10,5061RADiUS-TWC
11Gloria (2014)$1,029-56%13-11$79$2,084,14713Roadside Attractions
12August: Osage County$75852%16-11$47$37,727,27017Weinstein Company
13Dallas Buyers Club$722-60%14-19$52$27,289,83825Focus
14Veronica Mars$669-37%15-8$45$3,319,7786Warner Bros.
15Cuban Fury$482-73%8-71$60$90,7922eOne Films US
16Gabrielle (2014)$158-80%1--$158$3,1821eOne Films US