'Avengers: Ultron' No. 2 US debut of all time with $187.7M; hits $627M globally

'The Avengers' Dominated At The Box Office

Continuing Marvel and Disney's winning streak, Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron opened to $187.7 million from 4,276 theaters in North America, the No. 2 opening of all time behind The Avengers.

Overseas, where the summer's first tentpole began opening last weekend, Age of Ultron has earned $439M for an early mega-global haul of $627 million.

In North America, all eyes were on the sequel to see if it could beat the $207.4 million debut of the first Avengers on the same weekend in 2012 and become the new champ.

But as the weekend wore on, it became apparent that Saturday night's Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao fight was taking a bite out of Ultron. The PPV event, costing $89.9-$99.9, is expected to have generated hundreds of millions in revenue. Additionally, thousands watched the fight on pirate sites. "The fight dinged all films across the board. The numbers on Ultron are still phenomenal but definitely less than they would have been," said one rival studio executive.

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'Avengers: Ultron' No. 2 US debut of all time with $187.7M; hits $627M globally
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2015 Marvel film with Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow
AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON 2015 Marvel film with Chris Evans at left and Chris Hemsworth
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 27: Actor Robert Downey, Jr. (L) and Jeremy Renner Join Marvel Entertainment Executives Ring The NYSE Opening Bell In Celebration Of 'Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron' at New York Stock Exchange on April 27, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: (R-L) Avengers Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Evans (Captain America), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Jeremy Renner (Hawk Eye) takeover Time Square on Good Morning America, April 24, 2015 in support of Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron, in theaters Friday, May 1. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Walt Disney Studios)

Marvel Studios now boasts the top three opening weekends of all time domestically, thanks to the two Avengers entries and Iron Man 3, which debuted to $174.1 million in May 2013. Age of Ultron pushes Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -; Part 2 ($169.2 million) to No. 4.

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Only eight films in history have opened to $150 million or more domestically, with only Marvel cracking the $170 threshold. In other words, when a film gets to the level of Age of Ultron, no one is going on the attack against Marvel and Disney.

The bigger question will be Age of Ultron's staying power, and whether it can ultimately match the $1.5 million earned by Avengers worldwide in 2012. The latter had the cache of being the first superhero mash-up and earned an A+ CinemaScore, compared to an A for Age of Ultron.

On Friday, Age of Ultron grossed a massive $84.5 milion domestically, the biggest opening day for a superhero film and the second biggest of all time after the final Harry Potter film ($91.7 million). In 2012, Avengers pulled in $80.8 million on its first Friday.

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IMAX theaters generated $25.2 million in worldwide ticket sales this weekend without the benefit of China, a new record.

Age of Ultron, costing $250 million to make, returns Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffaloas the Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. The ensemble cast also includes Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany.

This time, the superheroes and their allies must work together to stop Ultron (James Spader), who intends to destroy the world.

Elsewhere, Universal's Furious 7 finished Sunday with a global gross of $1.429 billion, passing up Deathly Hallows ($1.341 billion) became the No. 4 top-grossing title of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers, Titanic ($2.2 billion) and Avatar ($2.8 billion).

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No other film dared open nationwide opposite Age of Ultron, leaving the rest of the box office battle to holdovers.

Blake Lively-starrer The Age of Adaline placed No 2 in North America, falling 53 percent in its second weekend to $6.3 million for a 10-day cume of $23.4 million for Lakeshore and Lionsgate. Furious 7 followed with $6.1 million, while Sony's Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 placed No 4 with $5.5 million for a domestic total of $51.2 million.

A24 Films' indie hit El Machina crossed $10 million in North America, grossing $2.2 million from 1,279 theaters for a total of $10.9 million. The sci-fi film placed No. 7.

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