Avengers 2 Fall Short Of $200 Million; Mayweather Lands Knockout Punch
Just yesterday following reports of the stellar Friday opening of Avengers 2 having the second best opening ever, it was projected Age Of Ultron would finish this weekend with around $200 to $210 million domestically - on tract or possibly better than the first Avengers movie.
However, now the numbers are stating Avengers 2 fell short of the $200 million mark coming in at $187.7 million (update: official number is $191.3 million).
THR is blaming the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight that aired last night.
It's reported there was a 40 percent drop in moviegoers from Friday to Saturday in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and more than 50 percent in some Hispanic markets, such as El Paso, Texas.
A rival studio executive offered: "The fight dinged all films across the board. The numbers on Ultron are still phenomenal but definitely less than they would have been."
Internationally, The Avengers 2 already has a hefty $439 million, bringing Age Of Ultron's worldwide total to $627 million in only 12 days of being open already surpassing Captain America ($371 million), Thor ($449 million), Iron Man ($583 million) and Iron Man 2 ($622 million).
As noted, the bigger question is whether The Avengers 2 has any staying power and will be able to match the $1.5 million draw of The Avengers from 2012.
Reagarding the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao fight, by all accounts fans should have went to see Age Of Ultron as the fight not only suffered from delays due to PPV streaming issues, but the fight was considered a major let-down as it went the distance leading to the unanimous decision of Mayweather's victory, who many online felt was acting "lazy" or not fully participating by constantly getting Pac in the clutch.