The expected and unexpected: ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ passes US$ 1 billion worldwide in grossing.
‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ is now the 21st film in history to cross the US$ 1 billion mark in worldwide grossing, doing so in its 24th day of global play. I knew it would achieve that milestone easily, but didn’t expect it to accomplish that slower than ‘Fast and Furious 7’ (only took 17 days this year). I thought it has more power and buzz than ‘Furious 7’ to attract moviegoers. Anyway, it is never that easy to join the exclusive 1 billion club, but that accomplishment seems to be quite frequently observed in recent years when there are more moviegoers and that China has opened up its movie market to become among the world’s largest. I also contribute a lot to this movie as I went to cinema twice just for this one movie. The first time I watched it; it was too fast. Had to go for second round to enjoy every details of it.
The domestic intake (in US) for the ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ up until 15th May 2015 is about 343 million dollars, making it the film with the highest domestic intake so far. Its box office intake in all other countries (worldwide) now stands at 657 million dollars. Add the two figures up and you get exactly 1 billion! But its grossing would not just stop there as it is predicted that the movie will continue its momentum in US, and that the movie had just opened for several days in China only. And it is not even opened yet at Japan, another main contributor to worldwide grossing. So how much do I expect for the final grossing of this Avengers sequel? I guess somewhere near 1.4 billion, just falls short from the first ‘The Avengers’ film back in 2012 that made 1.518 billion. Slightly lesser amount but still a huge ton of cash for the movie. It performed slightly below the first Avengers in box office, perhaps because of two reasons; this sequel didn’t receive the feedbacks as good as its predecessor, and that some people may just enjoy the hype from the original first film while not being interested in (tired for) its follow-up sequel.
Let’s compare this with ‘Fast and Furious 7’. The latter had earned approximately US$ 1.47 billion worldwide to everyone’s surprise and is now the fourth highest grossing film of all time. Before its release, not many are expecting that it would gain this much in the box office. People keep going for the movie because of its over-the-top and breathtaking stunts, and most importantly, to see Paul Walker in his last film as he died in a car accident in 2013 when the filming was still taking place. Currently, Furious 7 is the highest grossing film of the year and can ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ top that amount? Chance is there but a bit low. Don’t forger that ‘Furious 7’ is still playing in theatres worldwide. It may even catch up to the first Avengers movie by reaching 1.5 billion. So far, this year (not even mid-year yet), and there are already two films that crossed 1 billion milestone. It’s like becoming easier to pass 1 billion to become a historic major blockbuster, while other movies see it as a pressure for themselves getting disappointed by their own box office figure. Watch up for upcoming films by the end of the year that will most probably accomplish the achievement too, particularly ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’.
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