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Weekend Box Office Report: May 1-3, 2015

05.03.2015

Avengers reassemble at #1!

Marvel's mightiest heroes gathered once again with marvelous success, putting AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON on top at the box office this this weekend with an estimated $187.6 million!

The second senses-shattering adventure of the costumed champions couldn't quite climb to the heights of the first AVENGERS' record-smashing $207 million opening. But Marvel still has bragging rights with the top three all-time biggest domestic opening weekends -- AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON is firmly in second place on the list, ahead of IRON MAN 3's $174.1 million debut two years ago.

In addition, the pulse-pounding superhero epic had the second-biggest opening day with $84.4 million (behind HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. II with $91 million), and Joss Whedon's sequel has already reached a worldwide total of $627 million.

(It's conceivable that the anticipated Mayweather/Pacquiao pay-per-view match on Saturday impacted AVENGERS business, but it's hard to say what the crossover audience percentage might be between boxing and blockbusters.)

In second place was an age of a different sort as the Blake Lively fantasy-romance THE AGE OF ADALINE made $6.2 million, a 52% drop from its opening last week (not bad considering the muscular competition). It was enough to stay ahead of FURIOUS 7, which finally downshifted to third with $6.1 million after a full month in first place.

With a $1.4 billion worldwide total, FURIOUS 7 has also passed HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PT. II to become the fourth highest-grossing release in history, now only behind AVATAR, TITANIC and Marvel's THE AVENGERS.

PAUL BLART: MALL COP 2 was in fourth with $5.5 million (and a total that's barely a third of the original's $146.3 million finish), followed by the animated HOME in fifth place with $3.3 million.

After departing the ballroom last weekend, Disney's CINDERELLA waltzed back onto the chart all the way to sixth place with $2.3 million. Alex Garland's artificial intelligence exploration EX MACHINA was in seventh with $2.2 million, and UNFRIENDED, THE LONGEST RIDE and WOMAN IN GOLD filled out the bottom of the list.

Outside the chart, Disney's MONKEY KINGDOM documentary swung away and Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart's GET HARD got limp, while limited releases FAR FROM THE MADDENING CROWD and Kristen Wiig's WELCOME TO ME respectively played to $17k and $19k per-screen.

Next weekend pairs Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara for the comedy HOT PURSUIT, while James Marsden and Jack Black chase laughs on THE D TRAIN and Arnold Schwarzenegger cares for his zombie daughter MAGGIE in limited release.

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# MOVIE TITLE WKND $ TOTAL $
1. Avengers: Age of Ultron $187.6 M
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2. The Age of Adaline $6.2 M $23.4 M
3. Furious 7 $6.1 M $330.5 M
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 $5.5 M $51.1 M
5. Home $3.3 M $158.1 M
6. Cinderella $2.3 M $193.6 M
7. Ex Machina $2.2 M $10.8 M
8. Unfriended $1.9 M $28.5 M
9. The Longest Ride $1.7 M $33.2 M
10. Woman in Gold $1.6 M $24.5 M

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10:59PM on 05/03/2015
Madding not Maddening. Although I don't know why.
Madding not Maddening. Although I don't know why.
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9:10PM on 05/03/2015
Well it was a busy sports weekend period but I doubt that joke of a fight affected the grosses. You are an idiot if you thought Avengers:AOU would have beat the record of the first. Anyway seeing it finally later this week. Still not a bad opening weekend.
Well it was a busy sports weekend period but I doubt that joke of a fight affected the grosses. You are an idiot if you thought Avengers:AOU would have beat the record of the first. Anyway seeing it finally later this week. Still not a bad opening weekend.
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12:23AM on 05/04/2015
"Still not a bad opening weekend." Lol, ok. The second highest openining ALL TIME, and considering the records for payperview the big fight broke, it could have easily bested the first if it wasn't going up against that. The fact that it still came in second is a feat in itself to Marvel at! (See what I did there) Bottom line, it sounds like you sir, are the the idiot.
"Still not a bad opening weekend." Lol, ok. The second highest openining ALL TIME, and considering the records for payperview the big fight broke, it could have easily bested the first if it wasn't going up against that. The fact that it still came in second is a feat in itself to Marvel at! (See what I did there) Bottom line, it sounds like you sir, are the the idiot.
1:37AM on 05/04/2015
That was my point & I wasn't criticizing the opening totals, I am glad it still made a ton of money. Now even without the sports weekend, we may never know if it would have beaten the record. Maybe it will have a solid 2nd week also, don't get me wrong I want all these Marvel movies to succeed in every possible way.
That was my point & I wasn't criticizing the opening totals, I am glad it still made a ton of money. Now even without the sports weekend, we may never know if it would have beaten the record. Maybe it will have a solid 2nd week also, don't get me wrong I want all these Marvel movies to succeed in every possible way.
8:15PM on 05/03/2015
Go Avengers and Ex Machina!
Go Avengers and Ex Machina!
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8:31AM on 05/04/2015
Not sure what convenient item you're referring to that the writers took liberty with. It's a comic book movie, I don't need a degree in physics to know that (SPOILER) the scene in which the land mass Tony and Thor destroyed probably didnt happen the way it would've in real life, but I am absolutely ok with that lol
Not sure what convenient item you're referring to that the writers took liberty with. It's a comic book movie, I don't need a degree in physics to know that (SPOILER) the scene in which the land mass Tony and Thor destroyed probably didnt happen the way it would've in real life, but I am absolutely ok with that lol
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7:35PM on 05/03/2015
God bless Scarlet Johansen's strange triangular head.
God bless Scarlet Johansen's strange triangular head.
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8:19PM on 05/03/2015
not to mention her other triangles
not to mention her other triangles
5:29PM on 05/03/2015
Never saw that coming.
Never saw that coming.
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4:39PM on 05/03/2015
Go Avengers and Ex Machina!
Go Avengers and Ex Machina!
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4:39PM on 05/03/2015
Go Avengers and Ex Machina!
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3:47PM on 05/03/2015

The fight...

Absolutely had a major impact. But that just means that next weekend's numbers will still be strong.
Absolutely had a major impact. But that just means that next weekend's numbers will still be strong.
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3:47PM on 05/03/2015

it's hard to say what the crossover audience might be between boxing and blockbusters.

People who enjoy watching people punch the shit out of each other. That's your crossover right there.
People who enjoy watching people punch the shit out of each other. That's your crossover right there.
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6:01PM on 05/03/2015
LMAO
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3:16PM on 05/03/2015
I don't think anyone doubted that Avengers :AOU would have a huge opening. Nobody can really deliver the fun and spectacle quite like Marvel. However, I have to agree with some of the reviews that found this film a little hollow. With so much going on, there wasn't as much character development as I would have liked. Still an entertaining movie, but the first was better. I'm be curious to see how this movie does overall.
I don't think anyone doubted that Avengers :AOU would have a huge opening. Nobody can really deliver the fun and spectacle quite like Marvel. However, I have to agree with some of the reviews that found this film a little hollow. With so much going on, there wasn't as much character development as I would have liked. Still an entertaining movie, but the first was better. I'm be curious to see how this movie does overall.
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6:00PM on 05/03/2015
THE AVENGERS was great because you got to see everyone together for the first time. I got goosebumps the first time I saw the trailer. But AVENGERS AOU was a much better film.
THE AVENGERS was great because you got to see everyone together for the first time. I got goosebumps the first time I saw the trailer. But AVENGERS AOU was a much better film.
9:38PM on 05/03/2015
Isn't that the point of the solo movies, how much more character development do you need? I am sorry but that's such a cop out criticism & if that's this movies biggest argument, then you fanboys are becoming really shallow about what you bitch about.
Isn't that the point of the solo movies, how much more character development do you need? I am sorry but that's such a cop out criticism & if that's this movies biggest argument, then you fanboys are becoming really shallow about what you bitch about.
12:08AM on 05/04/2015
I've read a lot of posts about people who say the sequel is better, but not one gives any specific reasons as to why they think it is better.
I've read a lot of posts about people who say the sequel is better, but not one gives any specific reasons as to why they think it is better.
8:43AM on 05/04/2015
I think it was better than first. Scorps has a pretty valid point, and the ones that don't have their movies get face time in other guys movies. I loved the first one, but it dragged a litte bit, this movie didn't, at all. There was a ton of action but it didn't numb you to it. It definitely had a superior story too. Ultron may not have been as menacing as advertised, but goddam did he own the screen when he was on it. He was batshit crazy and Spader delivered every line like a champion! And
I think it was better than first. Scorps has a pretty valid point, and the ones that don't have their movies get face time in other guys movies. I loved the first one, but it dragged a litte bit, this movie didn't, at all. There was a ton of action but it didn't numb you to it. It definitely had a superior story too. Ultron may not have been as menacing as advertised, but goddam did he own the screen when he was on it. He was batshit crazy and Spader delivered every line like a champion! And the trailers mislead us on purpose, implying that it was Avengers vs. another faceless army. That wasn't the case at all, movie had a lot of depth. Don't want to spoil but I was really disappointed with who they chose to kill off. And the twins were just awesome! Transition was great! The humor wasn't as good as one, but one had the advantage of total surprise, I still laughed my ass off a bunch of times! "*spit*grrrrr" " sorry..." I almost fell out of the chair lol
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2:06PM on 05/03/2015
I hope Ex Machina keep chugging along for a while because it was fantastic.
I hope Ex Machina keep chugging along for a while because it was fantastic.
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2:01PM on 05/03/2015
They can spin it anyway they want and certainly number 2 all time is great... but friday they were predicting 220 million... yesterday being the biggest sporting day possibly ever def made them take a huge tumble and they didnt even crack 200 mil. Unless they are being conservative for their sunday estimates, sat really fucked up their opening weekend
They can spin it anyway they want and certainly number 2 all time is great... but friday they were predicting 220 million... yesterday being the biggest sporting day possibly ever def made them take a huge tumble and they didnt even crack 200 mil. Unless they are being conservative for their sunday estimates, sat really fucked up their opening weekend
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2:07PM on 05/03/2015
Doesn't that just mean that those that watched the boxing-match instead will go to see the film later on?
Doesn't that just mean that those that watched the boxing-match instead will go to see the film later on?
2:57PM on 05/03/2015
It does... which is why i said that they may be underestimating their sunday take. But the point i was making wasnt that the movie will make over a billion... it is that they wanted this to be the biggest weekend opener ever and it fell over 20 million short of even the 1st movies weekend.
It does... which is why i said that they may be underestimating their sunday take. But the point i was making wasnt that the movie will make over a billion... it is that they wanted this to be the biggest weekend opener ever and it fell over 20 million short of even the 1st movies weekend.
3:08PM on 05/03/2015
Oh well, it seems to be doing well enough. I'm happy for Whedon's sake.
Oh well, it seems to be doing well enough. I'm happy for Whedon's sake.
1:41PM on 05/03/2015
Age of Ultron was a great film and a hell of a lot of fun. Bring on Ant Man!
Age of Ultron was a great film and a hell of a lot of fun. Bring on Ant Man!
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1:28PM on 05/03/2015
Proof that those nitpicking Avengers 2 were indeed talking out of their asses!
Proof that those nitpicking Avengers 2 were indeed talking out of their asses!
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1:56PM on 05/03/2015

i haven't seen this yet, but I hold up the Transformers movies as proof that box-office carries zero weight when it comes to nitpicking movies.

i haven't seen this yet, but I hold up the Transformers movies as proof that box-office carries zero weight when it comes to nitpicking movies.
2:04PM on 05/03/2015
True of course. But some of the critics seemed to be fashionably searching out flaws on this one. And you do it a big disservice comparing it to Transformers in any way! I advice you to watch it on a big screen.
True of course. But some of the critics seemed to be fashionably searching out flaws on this one. And you do it a big disservice comparing it to Transformers in any way! I advice you to watch it on a big screen.
2:04PM on 05/03/2015
How exactly does an opening weekend proof anything about movie quality rather than its marketing efforts?
The second weekend is when word of mouth comes into play. And with the many, many "good, but not great" voices I keep hearing and agree with I don't think it will surpass its predecessor. But it will still break the billion dollar mark of course.
How exactly does an opening weekend proof anything about movie quality rather than its marketing efforts?
The second weekend is when word of mouth comes into play. And with the many, many "good, but not great" voices I keep hearing and agree with I don't think it will surpass its predecessor. But it will still break the billion dollar mark of course.
2:14PM on 05/03/2015
It has a good chance of doing better than the first. Even those finding faults in it enjoyed it. The fans are happy enough, many liking it more than the first. It's probably still growing in popularity as a franchise worldwide. And it's starting out stronger.
It has a good chance of doing better than the first. Even those finding faults in it enjoyed it. The fans are happy enough, many liking it more than the first. It's probably still growing in popularity as a franchise worldwide. And it's starting out stronger.
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