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‘Avengers’ Eyes $90 Million Weekend, ‘Hot Pursuit’ Gets Chilly Reception

Avengers: Age of Ultron” is looking slightly better than initial projections with a projected $90 million for its second weekend — and this time, the Disney-Marvel movie won’t battle a slew of competing sporting events.

But Warner Bros.’ Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara comedy “Hot Pursuit” isn’t so sizzling, looking at just $12 million-$14 million in its opening weekend despite prospective Mother’s Day moviegoers. Though “Hot Pursuit” provides a female-friendly alternative to “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” it has garnered a sad 6% on Rotten Tomatoes, and box office is looking even softer than initial projections.

Directed by Anne Fletcher, “Hot Pursuit” carries a budget of $35 million.

The first “Avengers” movie tallied $103 million in its second weekend after its record-breaking $207.4 million opening. While the sequel could have trouble matching the first film’s $623.3 million domestic gross, overseas markets could more than make up for it, with Chinese grosses in particular growing fast.

Playing in limited release, IFC’s “The D Train” is projected to open to a disappointing $500,000 from 1,000 theaters. The Jack Black-James Marsden dramedy premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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