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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ on Pace to Smash Box Office Records With Over $210 Million Opening Weekend

Early estimates show Marvel superhero sequel becoming biggest opening weekend in history

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are about to prove their worth at the box office.

Early Friday estimates show Marvel superhero team-up sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on track to open north of $210 million in its opening weekend, passing the record for biggest opening weekend in US history, set by the film’s predecessor, “The Avengers.” That film opened at $207 million in 2012.

The film already made box-office history Thursday night, zooming to $27.6 million and shattering the record for the biggest midnight haul ever for a Marvel Studios superhero movie.

It’s on pace to make $97 million for Friday alone.

The $3 million that “Age of Ultron” took in from IMAX theaters Thursday night was also a record, and it’s shaping up to be the first in a slew of marks that will fall to Disney’s superhero sequel as it rolls out in 4,042 theaters.

“Age of Ultron” also sped past $300 million at the worldwide box office Thursday. Since opening just over a week ago, it has taken in $318 million globally, with $287.3 million coming from overseas. Its $6.8 million opening day in Mexico Thursday was the biggest ever in that market, and it should get a boost from the May Day holiday in many countries. So far the leading territories have been South Korea with $37.2 million, the U.K. with $35.9 million and Russia with $20.9 million.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will become the 11th consecutive film from Marvel Studios to debut at No. 1 domestically. The other studios have cleared out and it will be the only wide release on the first weekend of Hollywood’s summer season in a box office year expected to be the biggest ever.