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‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Opens at No. 1 in First 11 Overseas Markets

The Marvel sequel takes in $9.5 million overall and posts year’s best first day in France

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” got off to an impressive start at the international box office for Disney Wednesday. The sequel to Marvel’s 2012 blockbuster took in $9.5 million overseas and was No. 1 in all 11 territories in which it debuted.

The top market was France, where “Age of Ultron” took in the $2.7 million, finishing 13 percent ahead of “The Avengers” debut and five percent ahead of the “Iron Man 3” opening there. Both of those were pre-holiday Wednesdays.

The Joss Whedon film, led by Robert Downey, Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson, took in $1.6 million on its first day in the Philippines. That was the biggest opening day ever in that territory, 29 percent ahead of the first day of “The Avengers” and 16 percent above that of “Iron Man 3.”

The film continues its international rollout and will be open in more than half of the international marketplace by Sunday, and Disney is projecting it will bring in around $160 million ove the weekend. It opens Thursday in South Korea, U.K., Brazil, Australia, Russia, Germany and Argentina.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will be released in the U.S. on May 1.