Today, May 15, marks a momentous day for Marvel, since their latest production, Avengers: Age of Ultron, reached $1 billion worldwide in the box office, just weeks after opening. It’s one of just 21 other films that have made the significant milestone during their box office days.
The film has only been running for 24 global days, allowing it to reach the incredible point markedly faster than other films that have done so, beaten only by Furious 7, which made it in 17 days, and The Avengers, Avatar, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part II, each reaching the mark at 19 days of global play. In the Marvel universe, this is the third film to reach the $1 billion mark, following The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
It’s also only the third film ever to gross more than $300 million in the first 10 days, according to this article published previously on Inquisitr. The two to do it before were The Avengers, which made $1.5 million worldwide, and The Dark Knight, which made just a little over $1 billion worldwide.
The biggest question now is will it beat out the total $1.5 billion that the first Avengers film made during its global box office days. The amount of money it ultimately makes largely depends on how much money it makes in China, since China sales generally bring in the most. It’s definitely on track to become the highest-grossing U.S. movie in 2015, even beating out Furious 7.
For the last several years, many people have been asking about and even predicting the end of the superhero craze, allowing a return to making movies about real life events and problems. However, thanks to the milestone for Avengers: Age of Ultron, it doesn’t look like the Marvel universe is going anywhere any time soon.
Up next, Marvel will be releasing Captain America: Civil War, the third installment to the patriotic super-human series. The film will supposedly pick up close to where the second Avengers movie left off, featuring both the Cap and Iron Man as the lead heroes. Fans can also suspect to see a lot more of Bucky, now that we’ve discovered he didn’t die after all. Despite widely circulated rumors, both Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. will be returning to play the iconic heroes. The film is set to hit theaters May 6, 2016.
We can also expect to see more of our favorite god, Thor, in the not-so-distant future with his third film Thor: Ragnarok. The film is currently expected to open November 3, 2017.
Avengers fans will have to wait for a few years, since the next Avengers movie won’t be out until mid 2018. Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 are set to be released May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019 respectively. For now, it looks like fans will need to be content with another viewing of Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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