Avengers dethrones FF7 from #1

Marvel Avengers superheroes zap cinemas – $15.7m third biggest opening ever

We have been busy eulogising Fast And Furious 7 over the past few weeks when all of a sudden, BOOM, along comes Avengers: Age of Ultron with an incredible $15.7m opening weekend and the biggest opening of the year. Not only that, the Walt Disney release with an all-star cast including Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Mark Ruffalo, James Spader and Chris Evans among others, now ranks as the third biggest opening ever in Australia. With $17.10m since it Wednesday opening, the film could also find its way onto the biggest weeks ever chart. To crack that list it needs to be better than $19.61m which was achieved by The Order Of The Phoenix and The Two Towers.

The Age Of Ultron opened on 760 screens with a screen average of $20,659.

What about FF7? It opened just four weeks ago with $14.6m, now not the biggest opening of the year, but this week it smashed through $40m as it rang up another $1.57m. FF7 now boasts the sixth biggest weekend ever and the second biggest week ever with $22.27m.

The weekend’s top 20 box office was $21.73m and was the second best since the first two weeks of January which were both over $40m. The opening weekend of FF7 saw the top 20 movies take $26.58m.

The top two movies this week accounted for $17.3m of the $21.7m total for the top 20.

The rest of the top five was Cinderella ($757,000 with a total of $20.69m), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 ($552,000 with $2.46m) and Home ($516,000 with $18.03m).

The biggest two new releases both opened on close to 70 screens and both just missed the top 10 – Boychoir did $201,000 while Testament Of Youth took $174,000.

So far this year year we are on track to have three films taking more than any films did last year – The Battle Of The Five Armies, Fast And Furious 7 and Age Of Ultron.

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