It was another glorious weekend for “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” which, in its second weekend, pulled in another $77 million. With this, it has earned $312 million in North America.
“Age of Ultron” surged past the Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara comedy, “Hot Pursuit,” which failed to make an impression at the box office, landing only $13 million domestically, as reported by box office tracker Rentrak. The movie, which cost $35 million in production and was backed by Metro-Goldwin-Mayer along with Witherspoon’s Pacific Standard production company, was predicted by analysts to earn $18 million.
While 62 percent of the audience that watched “Hot Pursuit” were females, 82 percent were over 25 years old, according to Variety.
Paul Dergarabedian, Rentrak’s senior media analyst, said, “Critics were very tough on Hot Pursuit.
“It was a formula for whatever reason didn’t resonate with the critics, and I think that had an impact on its box office,” as reported by CNBC.
“Furious 7” made another $5.2 million, making fourth in the list of the highest grossing films this week behind “Age of Ultron,” “Hot Pursuit,” and “The Age of Adaline.” The latest installment in the Fast and Furious series, in its sixth week, has collected $338.4 million domestically and $1.5 billion worldwide.
Despite the success “Age of Ultron” has achieved in its second weekend (which saw a drop of 60 percent in box office collections as compared to the opening weekend, according to CNN), it couldn’t rack up as much as its 2012 predecessor did. “The Avengers” had opened to a mammoth $207 million in its first weekend, and slid to $103 million in its second weekend.
With another $68.3 million in international collections, “Age of Ultron” has generated an astounding $875.3 million worldwide. It is slated for a release on May 12, 2015, and July 4, 2015, in China and Japan respectively.
In China, the movie will open with midnight screenings. The massive sellouts have urged the IMAX screenings to include a 3 a.m. show to their schedule.
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