The Avengers assembled at the top of the box office charts this weekend, but fell short of breaking records.
Coming in the #1 spot this week is Avengers: Age of Ultron (read our review), which grossed $187.6 million during its first three days. At first glance, that's obviously nothing to sneeze at since it is good enough for the second highest opening weekend of all time. However, it is a little alarming (to an extent), considering that it fell way short of its 2012 predecessor, which owns the record for most profitable debut at $207.4 million domestically. Given that Age of Ultron was originally expected to surpass that astronomic total, one may wonder why there wasn't as much audience interest this time around.
First, the novelty of seeing Marvel's heroes come together on the big screen has worn off now that we've already seen the first Avengers film, and given that this sequel couldn't replicate the critical reception of The Avengers, the interest amongst casual viewers may have been diminished slightly. Also, Saturday (which saw the film take a 32.3 percent drop from Friday) was a massive sports day that included Spurs/Clippers Game 7 and the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight and almost certainly took away some business from the movies. Nevertheless, Age of Ultron opened huge and should be on its way to becoming one of the highest-grossing films ever made.
Coming in second is The Age of Adaline with $6.2 million. The film is now at $23.4 million domestically.
After spending the whole month of April at the top of the charts, Furious 7 was finally dethroned this weekend, finishing in third with $6.1 million. The action sequel has increased its domestic total to $330.5 million. On the worldwide side of things, the film currently ranks fourth on the all-time charts with a jaw-dropping $1.4 billion global gross. Time will tell if it can overtake the first Avengers movie in the coming weeks.
The #4 film for the week is Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. The comedy sequel made $5.5 million this weekend to up its domestic total to $51.1 million. That figure is a 62.4 percent decrease from the business it did last week, indicating that this is a film that will not hold well. After being in second the past two weeks, falling two spots down suggests that viewers aren't interested in more adventures with Blart.
Rounding out the top five this weekend is Home. DreamWorks' latest added $3.3 million to its domestic total this weekend, which is now at $158.1 million.
In a bizarre twist, Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella (which was released eight weeks ago) managed to come in at #6 this week with $2.3 million. We point this out because last week the fairy tale reimagining was twelfth, and it is odd for an older movie to see this kind of resurgence on a week-to-week basis. Whatever the reason may be, the film is now at $193.6 million domestically.
The #7 film this week is Ex Machina, which made $2.2 million. Despite critical praise and a larger marketing push, the indie sci-fi drama has only managed to gross $10.8 million during its run.
Horror film Unfriended comes in at #8 with $1.9 million. The film is now at $28.5 million domestically.
Romantic drama The Longest Ride is the #9 film with $1.7 million. The Nicholas Sparks adaptation has made $33.2 million during its run to this point.
Finishing out the top ten is The Woman in Gold. The film increased its domestic total to $24.5 million after it grossed $1.6 million this past weekend.
[NOTE: These are only weekend box office estimates - based on Friday and Saturday ticket sales coupled with adjusted expectations for Sunday. Official weekend box office results will be released on Monday, April 27 - at which time we'll update this post with any changes.]
Source: Box Office Mojo