Weekend box office: Avengers: Age of Ultron is as big as everyone thought

The only real question this weekend was whether or not AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON would be able to beat out the original’s opening weekend of $207.4 million.  And as of early Sunday morning, it looks like the answer to that question is no.  The highly anticipated sequel looks like it will “only” manage to bring in about $190 million, but sometimes these things are hard to predict and if it has a better than normal Sunday haul, it could get closer to that $207 mark.  But when you’re measuring a film’s success in the hundreds of millions it does at the weekend box office, then I think the film’s a rousing success no matter what.  The only problem I see with AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is it lacks the re-watchability of the first one, which means it probably won’t challenge the original’s total haul of $623 million.  There were no other movies opening this weekend because no one wanted to be caught in the Avengers aftermath.

Next week sees the release of the Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara starring HOT PURSUIT.  The film should definitely be helped by the lack of comedies at the box office, as well as the lack of female-led or female-targeted movies.  We also get some smaller movies, including THE D TRAIN with Jack Black, 5 FLIGHTS UP with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton and MAGGIE with Arnold Schwarzenegger.  But I don’t think there’s any way anthing beats out AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON.  I imagine Avengers will stay on top of the box office for quite a while.  Note: the numbers below will be updated as they become final.

1. Avengers: Age of Ultron $187.6m

2. The Age of Adaline $6.2m

3. Furious 7 $6.1m

4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $5.5m

5. Home $3.3m

6. Cinderella $2.3m

7. Ex Machina $2.2m

8. Unfriended $1.9m

9. The Longest Ride $1.7m

10. Woman in Gold $1.7m

(Deadline)

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