To no one’s surprise, Avengers: Age of Ultron dominated the weekend box office fully and completely.
What is a surprise — to some, at least — is that the movie’s $188 million opening-weekend domestic gross failed to break the $207 million mark set by the previous Avengers movie.
The No. 2 film, The Age of Adaline, sold $6.2 million worth of tickets this weekend.
DreamWorks Animation’s Home earned $3.3 million domestic, bringing its total domestic gross to $158 million. Its foreign take of $168 million gives it a $326 million worldwide gross.
Avengers: Age of Ultron edged out the $174 million opening weekend gross for Iron Man 3, making the top-three opening weekend grosses a Marvel sweep.
The movie also added a significant amount to its foreign gross, which now stands at $439 million for a worldwide total gross of $626 million.
Age of Ultron did set a record for taking 85 percent of the weekend’s box office, edging out Spider-Man 3‘s 83 percent mark.
Some observers speculate the weekend’s marquee sports events — the Kentucky Derby, the Mayweather-Pacquaio boxing match and game seven of the Clippers-Spurs NBA playoff series — limited the box office turnout enough to knock the movie off the record.