Magazine article Screen International

Avengers: Age of Ultron' Soars to $664M at Global Box Office

Magazine article Screen International

Avengers: Age of Ultron' Soars to $664M at Global Box Office

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WALT DISNEY STUDIOS MOTION PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

UPDATED: Monday's box office follows the $168.8m international weekend haul from 88 territories. Ultron's worldwide running total as of May 5 reached $664m.

MAY 4 UPDATE:Ultron propelled Disney past the $1bn international mark on April 30 - its second fastest time ever - and has delivered number one debuts everywhere so far.

Combined with the second highest three-day North American debut on $191.3m, the tentpole is in rude health after 12 days in release worldwide. Imax generated a record $25m global haul excluding China, which receives the film on May 12. The $7.2m international portion from 221 screens raised the running total to $22m.

Ultron has already delivered the biggest opening weekends of all time in Brazil, Hong Kong and the Philippines - all of which stayed top in their second weekends - and now Mexico on $25.5m and Ecuador join the club.

Active in approximately 71% of the international marketplace, the superhero saga drove a mighty session that slipped 37% from last weekend's opening salvo as the lead market of South Korea surged to $55.8m, the UK $48.9m heading into bank holiday Monday and Brazil $29m.

Russia generated $26.6m, France $23.3m, Australia $22.5m, Germany $21.1m, Italy $15.2m, Taiwan and India $14.1m apiece, Hong Kong $13.7m, Philippines $11.7m, Malaysia $10.9m, Argentina $8.6m.

Estimates put Thailand on $7.4m fpr the second biggest debut ever, Singapore $7.3m and Spain $6.2m.

Cinderella crossed $300m as $7m elevated the tally to $300.6m internationally and $494.3m worldwide. China is the lead market on $71.1m, followed by the UK on $28.6m and Italy and Australia on $16.5m each.

UNIVERSAL PICTURES INTERNATIONAL

UPDATED: Fast & Furious 7 overtook Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 to become the fourth biggest global release in history on $1.422bn worldwide.

The film brought in a further $50.7m from 65 territories (and $5m from Imax in China and Japan) to reach $1.091bn internationally. It soared to $375m after 22 days in China following a $28.1m session that ensured it just stayed topahead of Silent Separation, which grossed $28m for a $37m running total.

Besides China, the action release is the biggest film of all time in Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Malaysia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Trinidad and Vietnam, among others. …

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