Weekend box office: Avengers: Age of Ultron easily beats Hot Pursuit

It’s not unusual for comedies to be despised by critics, but it seems HOT PURSUIT has managed to inspire some creativity in how critics expressed their displeasure for the film.  So even though it finishes in second place at the weekend box office, $12 million is not going to get anyone excited for a summer comedy release.  Perhaps Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara aren’t the greatest comedic duo after all.  Meanwhile, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON continues its onslaught on theaters with another $75+ million, bringing its total to over $300 million domestically.  It’s also nice to see EX MACHINA finding an audience among all the big summer movies as its still holding around $2.5+ million from week to week.

Next week sees the release of the much hyped MAD MAX: FURY ROAD.  It should be an interesting opening since it seems to appeal greatly to fanboys and was a hit at various conventions, but I just don’t see it connecting to mass audiences.  We also get PITCH PERFECT 2, which should do very well given how loved the original film is and how much everyone loves to hear stars sing songs made famous by other people.  But I think AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will pull in about $50 million and I don’t see either of the new films of the weekend beating that.  I’m sure MAD MAX: FURY ROAD will take some of its audience next weekend, but looking out over the summer landscape, I could see AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON staying in the top ten for most of the summer, but probably won’t lose its hold on the #1 spot until TOMORROWLAND opens in a couple of weeks.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron $76.8m

2. Hot Pursuit $12.5m

3. The Age of Adaline $5.1m

4. Furious 7 $5m

5. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $4.9m

6. Ex Machina $2.9m

7. Home $2.7m

8. Cinderella $2.1m

9. The Longest Ride $1.5m

10. Woman in Gold $1.4m

(Deadline)

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