Ultron's Monster $188M Debut Is US' No. 2 Ever
But falls short of the original 'Avengers'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2015 12:18 PM CDT
Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man/Tony Stark in the film "Avengers: Age Of Ultron."   (Jay Maidment/Disney/Marvel via AP)
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(Newser) Critics liked it, and audiences turned out in droves for Avengers: Age of Ultron, giving it the second-biggest domestic opening weekend ever, with a formidable $187.7 million, reports the Hollywood Reporter. But though Ultron fell short of the original Avengers' $207.4 million debut, it continued to rake in the bucks overseas, where it debuted last weekend: It collected $168 million this weekend, giving it a grand total of $627 million, which the Reporter notes is more in less than two weeks than the lifetime paychecks for the likes of Iron Man ($583 million) and Iron Man 2 ($622 million). Competition from the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight probably didn't help Ultron. "The fight dinged all films across the board. The numbers on Ultron are still phenomenal but definitely less than they would have been," says one studio exec.