Avengers: Age Of Ultron Cracks $400 Million At Domestic Box Office


With the Memorial Day weekend behind us, this is as good a time as any to check in on how Avengers: Age of Ultron is doing at the box office. Marvel’s super hero spectacular finished fifth during a relatively quiet holiday period, bringing in just under $22 million from Friday through Sunday. Disney still got a win since Tomorrowland was the top flick, though with an uninspiring $33 million.

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The big milestone that Age of Ultron passed within the last week was that it passed the $400 million mark in domestic box office revenue. After Memorial Day proper, the movie is sitting at $411.4 million, and while we’ve said it before, it’s worth repeating: that’s a hefty amount for a movie with only so-so critical and audience reaction. That’s a testament to the goodwill carried over from the first Avengers movie, the world-building that Marvel has been doing for the last few years and the plain geek out factor of seeing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes together on screen. In other words, it doesn’t have to be the best movie ever for it to make an impact.

To put the movie’s financial performance in perspective, it’s now fourth all-time among super hero films, passing Iron Man 3 over the holiday. Assuming it continues to fall off at around 50 percent per week heading into June, it will most likely muster up enough sales to pass The Dark Knight Rises for third place in its genre, though both The Dark Knight and The Avengers appear safely out of reach.

Age of Ultron is also 14th on the all time domestic box office chart among all films, and virtually assured of finishing inside the top 10. Only its predecessor and the last two parts of the Dark Knight trilogy made it that far among their super hero brethren, so it tells you two things. One is that even a slightly disappointing Avengers outing is a massive money-maker, and the other is that once both parts of Avengers: Infinity War come out, the franchise will probably be responsible for over $2 billion in ticket sales in the United States alone.

No movie is an actual license to print money, but when it comes to an Avengers flick, it’s pretty darn close.

(Box office data via Box Office Mojo.)

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