NORTH AMERICA: ‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Claims Third Largest Seven-Day Start Of All Time With $235.66M After Leading Thursday With $8.61M

Avengers: Age of Ultron rounded out its first week of release with a first place Thursday take of $8.61 million. The blockbuster superhero sequel from Disney and Marvel was down 8 percent from Wednesday’s performance. In comparison, 2012’s Marvel’s The Avengers fell 9 percent on its first Thursday to gross $12.39 million, while 2013’s Iron Man 3 fell 6 percent to gross $7.61 million. Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed a massive $235.66 million in its first seven days of release. While that was softer than was widely expected, it still represented the third largest unadjusted seven-day start of all-time (behind only The Avengers and 2008’s The Dark Knight). Avengers: Age of Ultron is running 13 percent behind the $270.02 million seven-day start of The Avengers and 11 percent ahead of the $212.42 million seven-day take of Iron Man 3.

Lionsgate’s The Age of Adaline held steady in a distant second with $0.602 million. The romantic drama starring Blake Lively was down 1 percent from Wednesday and down a healthy 28 percent from last Thursday. The Age of Adaline placed in second for the week with $8.75 million. That represented a 49 percent decline from the film’s opening week performance and brings the film’s two-week total to $25.93 million. The Age of Adaline is running just below the recent $26.03 million two-week take of The Longest Ride.

Furious 7 grossed $0.495 million to remain in third place. The seventh installment of Universal’s blockbuster action franchise was up 3 percent over Wednesday and down a solid 35 percent from last Thursday. Furious 7 took third place this week with $8.72 million. The film was down a sharp 61 percent from the previous week due in large part to the hit it took from Avengers: Age of Ultron; but has now grossed an exceptional $333.15 million through five weeks.

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