As you may have noticed, the Box Office round-up section of the Weekly News Roundup has been absent for these past few weeks. It was to be permanently removed from the section, however given how many movies have smashed box office records in 2015 alone (everything from sex addicts to Vin Diesel’s car family), we decided to bring it back with a much wider perspective and a more in-depth interpretation of the box office numbers. Let’s kick it off.
Weekend Box Office
No surprise that Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the weekend with $191.3 million. That’s the second biggest opening weekend ever, only behind its predecessor The Avengers, which grossed $207.3 million. The Mayweather/Pacquaio fight most likely lessened ticket sales on Saturday night and the fact that this isn’t the first time these heroes assemble on the big screen may have caused the small drop in numbers, but make no mistake, this is far from a bad thing.
Although it’s falling behind its predecessor domestically, Age of Ultron has far surpassed its predecessor’s numbers in overseas markets, bringing in a total of $439 million since its release a week and a half ago in most markets. Its worldwide total stands at $626 million, so no doubt it’s going to pass the $1 billion line and most likely even the first film’s numbers.
Far and away at the #2 spot is Furious 7, which grossed $6.6 million. Its box office reign has come to a close but it’s far from tapping out. Now the 4th highest grossing film of all time, it’s looking like it’ll pass The Avengers, depending how it holds up it May. Just another victory for Vin Diesel and family.
The Age of Adeline manages to hold up among all these blockbusters, bringing in $6.2 million. It’ll totally be wiped away in May, but for now, it’s soaking up the non-blockbuster crowd. At the #4 spot, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 for some reason takes in $5.8 million. It’s lacking behind its predecessor, but the film is pretty close to doubling its budget, so… trilogy? Finally, at the #5 spot is Home, grossing $3.5 million. The film was a big hit due to there being a lack of animation films right now, so you can expect more sequels.
Furious 7 has become China’s highest grossing movie of all time (suck it, Transformers!). The film has earned $323 million in China, which is slightly above what it has earned domestically, and it’s showing no signs of really slowing down.
While not breaking as many records as the first film, Avengers: Age of Ultron managed to rise to the top of many lists. It now is the second highest in these categories: Single Day gross, Friday gross, Sunday gross, Opening Day gross, and Opening Weekend gross. It has the third highest Saturday gross of all time (behind Marvel’s very own The Avengers and Iron Man 3).
At the end of every one of these posts, there’ll be predictions of what the Top 5 at next weekend’s box office will look like. My prediction for next week’s (May 8, 2015) Top 5 is:
1.) Avengers: Age of Ultron
2.) Hot Pursuit
3.) Furious 7
4.) The Age of Adaline
I love predicting outcomes, and I love it even more when I’m right, so I encourage readers to participate. If you get your prediction exactly right, you get Audiences Everywhere points or something. They have no value, but you can definitely brag that you have some. Anyways, that’s all for the box office now. Be sure to return next week to see if you got it right.