'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 Wed, Jun. 25 2014

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1How to Train Your Dragon 2$3,524,302-19%4,26815$826$105,579,7582Fox / DreamWorks Animation
222 Jump Street$3,492,276-22%3,3060$1,056$121,507,4272Sony / Columbia
4Think Like a Man Too$1,862,648-27%2,225--$837$36,139,7611Sony / Screen Gems
5Jersey Boys$1,604,028-17%2,905--$552$18,329,3061Warner Bros.
6The Fault in Our Stars$1,506,958-14%3,34067$451$103,392,0553Fox
7Edge of Tomorrow$1,224,439-22%3,212-293$381$77,990,4113Warner Bros.
8X-Men: Days of Future Past$831,264-20%2,681-361$310$219,411,1555Fox
9Godzilla (2014)$284,008-14%1,365-723$208$195,860,7446Warner Bros.
10A Million Ways to Die in the West$211,845-17%1,417-996$150$40,981,8304Universal
11Neighbors (2014)$186,290-16%1,033-863$180$146,300,4357Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Chef$248,165-5%961-141$258$17,525,2567Open Road
2Blended$147,323-23%842-739$175$42,825,7795Warner Bros.
3The Amazing Spider-Man 2$91,026-8%434-248$210$199,786,4288Sony / Columbia
4Rio 2$87,129-6%310-73$281$127,622,45311Fox
5Belle$50,204-8%244-94$206$9,345,1078Fox Searchlight
6Divergent$48,002-2%289-47$166$150,301,84414Lionsgate / Summit
7The Grand Seduction$42,978-14%12420$347$1,890,0144eOne Films US
8The LEGO Movie$42,7562%31514$136$256,813,46220Warner Bros.
9The Other Woman (2014)$39,5170%231-13$171$83,204,1599Fox
10Heaven is for Real$33,117-1%201-331$165$89,907,65910Sony / TriStar
11Words and Pictures$31,1576%175-42$178$1,563,7425Roadside Attractions
12Mr. Peabody & Sherman$23,690-12%179-28$132$110,913,03516Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13The Signal (2014)$19,717-18%20484$97$468,3332Focus
14The Grand Budapest Hotel$19,124-23%112-37$171$58,411,53116Fox Searchlight
15God's Not Dead$14,924-15%112-38$133$60,529,52114Freestyle / Pure Flix
16The Immigrant$14,454-7%110-30$131$1,900,4476Weinstein Company

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Jun. 25 2014LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Island of Lemurs: Madagascar$40,475-9%410$987$3,357,89912Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return$9,092-23%529$175$8,415,6107Clarius Entertainment
3Fed Up$7,84025%47-9$167$1,422,8427RADiUS-TWC
4The Railway Man$7,723-3%8434$92$4,384,58611Weinstein Company
5Yves Saint Laurent$6,801--2--$3,401$6,8010Weinstein Company
6Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon$6,696-5%4628$146$145,9713RADiUS-TWC
7Moms' Night Out$6,187-19%50-31$124$10,185,7997Sony / TriStar
8Brick Mansions$5,2844%60-25$88$20,300,1909Relativity Media
9Oculus$1,41931%17-14$83$27,693,04411Relativity Media
10The Hornet's Nest$339-5%30$113$306,0667Freestyle Releasing
11Blue Ruin$54-27%1-1$54$258,3389RADiUS-TWC
12The Unknown Known$25-85%2-1$13$275,91912RADiUS-TWC