“Avengers: Age of Ultron” plummeted 59.6% from its opening weekend, but that meant the movie only made $77.2 million in week two. Easily more than enough to stay the top movie in the country.
Gee, life is hard for Marvel, ain’t it?
The $77.2M haul is still the second highest 2nd weekend gross ever. In fact, Ulton came in just behind Marvel’s first Avengers film ($103.1 million). What’s more, Ultron’s domestic take to date ($313 million) has already surpassed the domestic grosses of “Captain America: The First Avenger” ($177M), “Thor” ($181M), “Thor: The Dark World” ($206M) and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” ($259M).
Internationally Ultron is doing extremely well, hauling in $65M this weekend. So far the sequel has a total worldwide take of $875.3 million. And the movie has yet to open in Chine.
Meanwhile, New Line/MGM/Warner’s comedy “Hot Pursuit” became the bomb of the week. The movie simply couldn’t overcome the tidal wave of negative reviews as the latest Reese Witherspoon film barely made it to $13.3 million in 3,003 theaters.
Add to that a C+ CinemaScore, mostly poor word-of-mouth, and competition from “Pitch Perfect 2” next week, and this movie is pretty much done.