It’s still going to be a few days before US of A fans get to experience the first Avengers sequel. Right now, it’s only a matter of seconds before everyone else in the world reading this points at the frenzied US fans and proceed to lay a Nelson Muntz “HAW-HAW” laugh in their direction thanks to the film opening up a week earlier everywhere else.
And that laughter is going to be immense, because just about everybody who had enough cash for a ticket, went to go see the sequel.
That’s according to weekend estimates, which peg the opening gross for Avengers: Age of Ultron at $201.2 million so far. Playing in 44 other countries, Avengers 2 was up 44% on the first Avengers movie according to Disney, and 24% higher than the opening weekend for Iron Man 3.
South Korea was the biggest earner for the sequel, thanks in no small part due to several scenes being shot there and some savvy marketing where several Avengers popped up to help promote the film last week. Over in the UK, Avengers 2 also set a new benchmark for superhero movies, with an opening of over $27.3 million across the pond. All of this success was echoed across the world, with Russia ($16.2 million), Brazil ($13.1 million), Australia ($13.1 million), France ($12.4 million) and Germany ($9.3 million) all boasting big numbers and enough zeroes to double as binary code porn.
The film also opens in other big territories such as Spain, Mexico and China this week. Expect that international haul to at least double before the movie bows out of circulation, as Avengers 2 races to beat the $1.5 billion benchmark set by the first film.
Last Updated: April 28, 2015