Update May 1, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron opened to $27.6m in its North American Thursday night debut, ahead of the $18.7m 2012's Marvel's The Avengers opened to its opening night. While not a record (the final Harry Potter, The Dark Knight and three Twilight films all had higher Thursday night grosses) most analysts are saying the film is still likely on track to top the original Avengers all-time opening weekend record of $207.4m.
A month ago, Furious 7 opened to $15.8M its opening Thursday night and went on to gross $147.2m for the full weekend.
Age of Ultron also debuted Thursday in Mexico to that country's all-time highest opening day gross - $6.8m - and has currently accumulated $287.3m in foreign box office since April 22.
Update April 28, 2015: As the North American release date draws nearer, Deadline is now citing higher estimates for Avengers: Age of Ultron's first domestic weekend performance. According to Deadline, current tracking has the sequel "safely" hitting $200 million, with between $210 to $230 million possible.
Tracking advance sales, MovieTickets.com reportedly is seeing North American ticket sales 370% greater than 2012's Avengers and 460% greater than 2013's Iron Man 3 at this same point in their release cycle. Additionally, Deadline cites unnamed sources saying that Avengers: Age of Ultron's advance ticket sales for their North American opening weekend are three times more than the current top box office star Furious 7, which ended up earning $147.2 million opening weekend.
Update April 26, 2015: Deadline reports that Avengers: Age of Ultron, which began its international rollout Wednesday, racked up $201.2 million in box office receipts. As of this weekend, the Avengers sequel is in theatres in 44 international terrotories, with a North American debut planned for May 1. The totals put the film's performance on the high end of industry projections according to Deadline, beating the original Avengers international debut by 44% and Iron Man 3 by 24% for the same time period in their release cycles.
Deadline has figures on several of the territories' ticket sales, with Korea being strongest with $28.2 million, followed by the United Kingdom with $27.3 million. Russia with $16.2 million, and with Brazil and Australia each doing $13.1 million.
The report also says that Avengers: Age of Ultron had the largest "non-China international" opening for IMAX theatres with $10.4 million.
The industry will be watching the film's North American release on May 1 closely. The original Avengers broke records in 2012 with $207.4 million in North American ticket sales, and industry estimates put Avengers: Age of Ultron vying to topple that record.
Original Story: Although Avengers: Age of Ultron won't be released in North America until May 1, Disney/Marvel's highly-anticipated sequel opened Wednesday in 11 international markets. It easily earned the top spot in overnight sales in all markets, together grossing an estimated $9.5 million according to Deadline.
2012's Avengers opened to a foreign total of $185 million, and Deadline reports that Avengers: Age of Ultron predictions map it making between $160 million to over $200 million, though in fewer markets than Avengers. According to Deadline, the $9.5 million in 11 foreign markets is a positive opening despite recent fluxuations to the global market.
Here's how it broke down by market:
- France: $2.7 million in ticket sales, outpacing 2012's Avengers by 13% and the latter Iron Man 3 by 5%.
- The Philippines: a $1.6 million haul earned Avengers: Age of Ultron the best opening day of all time in this market, 29% ahead of Avengers and 16% over Iron Man 3.
- Indonesia: Again, Avengers: Age of Ultron scored best opening day receipts ever with a $9,000,000 opening. It was 9% better than same-day sales for Avengers and beat Iron Man 3 by 54%.
- Taiwan: Although it (only) earned the second-highest opening ever in Taiwan, Avengers: Age of Ultron bested Avengers by 32% and Iron Man 3 by 18% with $1.5 million.
- Italy: Italians love their superheroes it seems, with ticket sales noting that 71% of people seeing movies in theatres Wednesday in Italy were seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron. That translated into $1.1 million, which is 300% bigger than Guardians of the Galaxy and Captain America: The Winter Soldier (which also opened on Wednesday.
- Netherlands and Sweden: Deadline combined their totals at $1.7 million.
On Thursday, Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres in the United Kingdom, Brazil, Australia, Korea, Russia, Germany and Argentina. North American movie-goers can see it beginning May 1, 2015.