Opening weekends and overall movie grosses are the horse races of the geek world. We may not necessarily bet on them, but we’re all looking to see who wins and we all have our favorites in the running. The first box office juggernaut of the year was Furious 7, a nitrous oxide powered behemoth of a film that opened at $147 million and at present as earned more than 1.3 billion worldwide. It’s also worth noting that about $1 billion of that money came from overseas.
So, will the Avengers be able to top that?
Why do you say that?
Because it already has. If you look at the box office returns for the first Avengers film, it earned 1.5 Billion in 2012. While Furious 7 is still taking in money, it’s still behind at 1.3 Billion.
But how is Age of Ultron tracking?
Age of Ultron recently opened overseas in 44 markets. Box Office Mojo is tracking its numbers, reporting that its earned an impressive $201.2 million from the get go. It’s also reporting that in almost all those markets, it earned more than The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
What about the United States?
The first Avengers film opened to an impressive $207 million its first weekend. According to Deadline, Age of Ultron is estimated to have a $210 – $230 million opening weekend. Just to reiterate, Furious 7 opened at 147 million.
Age of Ultron is almost certain to beat out both its predecessor and Furious 7. Though Furious 7 may make a bit more overseas, Avengers is almost guaranteed to make much more domestically. Even the first film’s domestic take ($623.4 million) almost doubled Furious 7 ($321.2 million). At the end of the day, however, both films have already proven very successful. Furious 7 has made over a billion and Age of Ultron is sure to join the club. Whoever wins the race to the most money may have the title, but they’re both winners in the eyes of Disney and Universal.
And, let’s face it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is probably going to beat them both anyway.