Box Office: Avengers Take Down Furious 7

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Avengers: Age of Ultron destroyed the competition at the box office this weekend with a $187.7 million opening. This is enough to enjoy the second-biggest opening of all-time. The biggest opening of all-time… 2012’s The Avengers with $207.4 million.

On Friday, the film got off to an incredible start, earning over $84 million. Saturday ended up being a huge day for several sports, which is what some are pointing to as the blame. Comic book lovers skipping out on the latest installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to watch sports??? Seems like a totally different demo, but someone or something has to be blamed! Couldn’t possibly be due to how much it costs to take the family to watch a movie these days! Critics were kind with 75% positive on Rotten Tomatoes, and audiences loved it with an A CinemaScore.

After sitting on top for four weeks, Furious 7 dropped to the number three spot with only $6.1 million. Now that is a film that I could see blaming sports on… Well, that and The Age of Adaline.

Note: Numbers include Sunday estimates and are three-day estimates. A studio recoups 55% of a film’s grosses on average, meaning it needs to approximately double its budget to be profitable during its theatrical run.

BOX OFFICE TOP TEN (Three-Day Numbers)
1. The Avengers: Age of Ultron – $187.7 million ($187.7 million total)
2. The Age of Adaline – $6.3 million ($23.4 million total)
3. Furious 7 – $6.1 million ($330.5 million total)
4. Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 – $5.6 million ($51.2 million total)
5. Home – $3.3 million ($158.1 million total)
6. Cinderella – $2.4 million ($193.7 million total)
7. Ex Machina – $2.2 million ($10.9 million total)
8. Unfriended – $2 million ($28.5 million total)
9. The Longest Ride – $1.7 million ($33.2 million total)
10. The Woman in Gold – $1.7 million ($24.6 million total)