Deadline brings word on early tracking reports for Avengers: Age of Ultron, which, much like its predecessor, is eyeing a $200+ million opening weekend. The sequel does appear to be tracking better than the 2012 hit. A Fandango spokesperson noted that the sequel is “significantly outselling” the first “Avengers.”
“Theaters around the country are sold out and managers are right now adding showtimes to meet the fan demand,” the site said.
Marvel’s The Avengers debuted with $207,438,708 on its opening weekend domestically and went on to gross $623,357,910 at the domestic box office, totaling up to over $1.5 billion at the global box office. Iron Man 3 is the only other Marvel Studios film to approach this level of success with $409 million domestically and $1.2 billion globally.
The epic follow-up to the biggest super hero movie of all time, Avengers: Age of Ultron begins when Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham, Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee and Jon Favreau serve as executive producers. Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in theaters on May 1, 2015.