“Avengers: Age of Ultron” took China by storm Tuesday, earning a mighty $33.9 million.
That marks the biggest opening form any Disney or Marvel film in the People’s Republic by a wide margin. “Iron Man 3” made roughly half that amount, and it took the first “Avengers” two days to hit that number. It also ranks as the highest non-weekend opening day ever in China.
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is closing in on $1 billion globally. It has earned $932.2 million worldwide and should pass the 10-,digit mark this week. The film cost $250 million to produce, and the GDPs of several island nations to market and promote. That massive expenditure has resulted in the third highest grossing Marvel Studios release in history, behind only “Iron Man 3” and “The Avengers.”
Thanks to the super team and hits such as “Cinderella,” Disney has surpassed the $2 billion mark at the global box office for the 14th consecutive year.
The big China numbers are a testament to the enormous growth in the second biggest market for film. New screens are being built at a rapid clip, and ticket sales for foreign productions continue to swell.
“Furious 7” just became the highest-grossing release in the country’s history, racking up $70 million in its first day and nearly $390 million from the country, a bigger figure than it pulled in during its domestic release. Most analysts think that “Avengers: Age of Ultron” will fall short of that benchmark, though many expect the film to do more than $150 million from its China run.