The Avengers: Age of Ultron has finally opened in the United States and is looking to be another huge hit for Marvel Studios, perhaps their biggest yet. The sequel to 2012’s The Avengers pulled in more than $27 million on Thursday alone.
The movie opened early in many overseas markets, and has already grossed $287 million worldwide prior to it’s release in the U.S. this weekend. The first Avengers film went on to be the third highest grossing film of all time, trailing only the big two from James Cameron, Titanic and Avatar.
However, early numbers indicate that Age of Ultron will likely pull in somewhere between $220 and $230 million this weekend alone, which would make it the best opening weekend of all time. The record is currently held by (you guessed it) The Avengers, which made just over $200 million on it’s opening weekend.
With the large overseas numbers and what will likely be the biggest opening weekend ever, there could be more box office records in sight for Earth’s mightiest heroes. The film will easily cross the billion dollar mark, which Furious 7 already did last month. However, with the massive hype behind this film and the trend being that sequels often earn more than their predecessors, Age of Ultron could end up being the thrid film ever to cross the $2 billion mark.
Avengers: Age of Ultron is out in theaters now.