“Avengers: The Age of Ultron” is ruling the world at the box office.
The Marvel superhero sequel roared to $53 million overseas on Friday, a May Day holiday in many countries, and it was the No. 1 movie in all 88 markets in which it was playing for Disney.
The international total for “Age of Ultron” is up to $340 million, and its worldwide haul is up to $425 million in just over nine days. It took in $84.5 million in first day of domestic release, and is positioned to challenge the record for the biggest domestic opening weekend ever, set by the original film “The Avengers” with $207.4 million in 2012.
South Korea is the top foreign market with $43 million, followed by the U.K. ($39 million), Russia ($23 million), France ($20 million), Australia ($18 million), Germany ($16 million ), Mexico ($14 million), Italy ($13 million) and Taiwan and India ($12 million).
Joss Whedon returns as writer and director for “Age of Ultron,” as does the ensemble cast topped by Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk), Chris Evans (Captain America), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye). Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen join the cast as Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch.
Don Cheadle, James Spader and Samuel Jackson co-star in “Age of Ultron,” in which Earth’s mightiest heroes take on a Tony Stark artificial intelligence program gone rogue.
Kevin Feige, Marvel’s president and the architect of its sprawling “cinematic universe,” is the producer of the $250 million “Age of Ultron.” Stan Lee, Jon Favreau, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Louis D’Esposito and Jeremy Latcham are executive producers.