The Inquisitr recently speculated on just how much Avengers: Age Of Ultron would earn at the box office. Today, it topped $400 million domestically according to Forbes, making it the 20th film to have done so. At 24 days into its release, it's also the fourth-fastest to have made the milestone, coming in behind Avatar (23 days,) The Dark Knight (18 days,) and its predecessor, The Avengers at only 14 days.
Of course, when adjusted for inflation, it ends up on a rather less impressive list of 101 films but it's still an impressive achievement, especially when you stop to consider that fully 25 percent of the films to have made the grade on their initial release are Marvel properties (Spiderman, Iron Man 3, The Avengers and Avengers: Age Of Ultron,) and all of those opened on the same first weekend in May; apparently, Marvel has done their market research. Of the 20 to make the list, over one-third are from Disney and another 3 from 20th Century Fox. The rest are a fairly even spread between other major studios.
Avengers: Age Of Ultron is also on track to become the fifth film to gross over $450 million domestically.
Domestic numbers aside, Avengers: Age Of Ultron also took the number seven slot in top grossing movies of all time internationally today, bringing in $860 million and supplanting Iron Man 3 with $1.263.9 billion worldwide, according to Screen Daily. Coming in just below number six, Frozen, which sits at $1.274.2 billion, Avengers: Age Of Ultron will likely end up in the top 5 worldwide before the end of its run.
Avengers: Age of Ultron leads the way internationally in China, grossing $210 million after 12 days in theaters, marking the film industry's fourth-largest release there to date. South Korea is next at $80.8 million, then the UK at $68.4 million, Mexico at $48.3 million, Brazil at $44.5 million, Russia at $33.2 million, and France at $32.1 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to open in Japan on July 4.
Meanwhile, casting has already begun on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy 2 according to ComicBook. It's slated for release on that same first May weekend in 2017, with four other Marvel Cinematic Universe films in between: Ant Man July 15 this year, Captain America: Civil War May 6, 2016 (that weekend again,) and Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016.
It remains to be seen just how many Marvel films besides the Avengers series will end up establishing themselves as top grossers, but they're certainly off to a strong start with three movies in the top ten of all time.
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