As expected, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” had a pretty impressive opening weekend. In just three days it had the second most successful domestic opening weekend ever, outpaced only by its 2012 predecessor.
The movie was even on pace to set a record for its Thursday night midnight release. Still, it didn’t manage to best itself and capture the number one spot. Thanks to the comic book franchise, Disney and Marvel now hold the top three domestic opening weekend records with “Avengers,” followed by “Age of Ultron” and “Iron Man 3.”
Still, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) is an ever-evolving tapestry of films. Many may be wondering how the second super-powered team up has fared against some of the other standalone movies in the cannon. To help, below is a chart of what each film in the MCU grossed on its first weekend in theaters:
As you can see, both “Avengers” movies are the front runner with the first being the only one to break $200 million. As for the standalone movies, “Iron Man” seems to be the most popular with each of its sequels outpacing both “Thor” and the “Captain America” films. Meanwhile, the Edward Norton-starring “Incredible Hulk” movie remains the outlier on the list with just $55 million.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, many believe that the only reason “Age of Ultron” didn’t overtake the first movie was simply the competition from other events over the weekend -- in particular the boxing match on Saturday night between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. The outlet reports that some box office observers believe “Age of Ultron” would have easily cleared $200 million had it not been for the surprisingly large audience that the pay-per-view bout attracted.
What do you think of the MCU opening weekend data so far? Can you think of any films coming up in Marvel’s growing universe that can finally take down the 2012 “Avengers”? Comment below or tweet your thoughts to @TylerMcCarthy.