Marvel’s “The Avengers: The Age of Ultron” has been cleared by Chinese officials and will open there on May 12, roughly two weeks after its May 1 domestic debut.
While Disney hasn’t confirmed, media reports in China say that it has been cleared for release on that date by government film officials. A spokesperson for Disney has not yet returned TheWrap‘s request for comment.
The Joss Whedon-directed “Age of Ultron” is a sequel to the original “Avengers,” which brought in $85 million when it played China in 2012. Overseas returns made up roughly 60 percent of that blockbuster’s $1.5 billion worldwide haul.
“Age of Ultron” stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgard, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson.
The $207 million domestic debut of “Marvel’s “The Avengers” is the biggest on record, and “The Avengers: The Age of Ultron” could match that when it kicks off the summer movie season.