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.

Studio Weekend Estimates (Domestic) Fri, Aug. 22 - Sun, Aug. 24

Wide (1000+)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Guardians of the Galaxy$17,631,000-30%3,371-326$5,230$251,884,8574Disney
2Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)$16,800,000-41%3,864-116$4,348$145,609,8063Paramount
3If I Stay$16,355,000--2,907--$5,626$16,355,0001Warner Bros. / New Line
4Let's Be Cops$11,000,000-38%3,14046$3,503$45,246,1682Fox
5When the Game Stands Tall$9,000,000--2,673--$3,367$9,000,0001Sony / TriStar
6The Giver$6,730,000-45%3,0030$2,241$24,100,5382Weinstein Company
7The Expendables 3$6,600,000-58%3,2210$2,049$27,518,1772Lionsgate
8Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For$6,477,000--2,894--$2,238$6,477,0001Weinstein / Dimension
9The Hundred-Foot Journey$5,562,000-22%1,944-99$2,861$32,750,2043Disney / DreamWorks
10Into the Storm$3,800,000-52%2,375-1059$1,600$38,301,3843Warner Bros. / New Line
11Lucy$3,500,000-36%1,768-752$1,980$113,735,2705Universal

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Boyhood$1,864,360-6%734-37$2,540$16,526,4087IFC Films
2Magic in the Moonlight$1,331,613-25%787-177$1,692$6,820,9385Sony Pictures Classics
3Dawn of The Planet of The Apes$1,100,000-45%733-529$1,501$203,960,9707Fox
4Get On Up$947,000-51%579-522$1,636$28,711,9904Universal
5A Most Wanted Man$920,775-27%433-211$2,127$14,110,7645Roadside Attractions
6Hercules (2014)$830,000-61%622-853$1,334$69,916,2965Paramount
7Step Up All In$760,000-71%948-1124$802$13,724,0483Lionsgate / Summit
8What If$652,000-24%680-107$959$2,204,4543CBS Films
9Maleficent$573,00055%344100$1,666$237,584,22113Disney
10Calvary$540,00033%240110$2,250$1,627,5134Fox Searchlight
11Planes: Fire and Rescue$532,000-48%589-371$903$56,878,6296Disney
12How to Train Your Dragon 2$510,000-12%353-24$1,445$172,116,96211Fox / DreamWorks Animation
13Transformers: Age of Extinction$385,00087%28377$1,360$243,824,6039Paramount
14The Purge: Anarchy$329,000-48%295-280$1,115$70,734,7156Universal
15Chef$151,624-10%105-17$1,444$29,527,42716Open Road
16X-Men: Days of Future Past$147,000-39%188-35$782$232,750,58114Fox
17The Fault in Our Stars$143,000-25%185-21$773$124,438,18912Fox

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleweekendLocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Love Is Strange$126,552--5--$25,310$126,5521Sony Pictures Classics
2The Trip to Italy$114,00059%107$11,400$221,2802IFC Films
3Land Ho!$85,67083%5120$1,680$362,0917Sony Pictures Classics
4The One I Love$55,126--8--$6,891$55,1261RADiUS-TWC
5Snowpiercer$26,978-37%28-14$964$4,430,5709RADiUS-TWC
6Obvious Child$25,50011%15-6$1,700$3,050,02412A24
7Alive Inside$21,734--16--$1,358$150,1976BOND/360
8The Fluffy Movie$15,610-62%30-21$520$2,821,8365Open Road
9Life After Beth$13,500-15%2018$675$34,4002A24
10A Summer's Tale (2014 re-issue)$7,814545%41$1,954$161,98210Big World Pictures
11Fed Up$286-86%2-3$143$1,538,89816RADiUS-TWC