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April 26 2015

Avengers: Age of Ultron makes $201.2 million at the international box office. "It was the number one movie in all the territories in which it opened, representing 55 percent of the entire international market, exceeding the first installment in the series by 44 percent in today's exchange rate, according to Disney's calculations."

Well deserved, I've already seen it twice and will be adding to the box office total a couple of more times over the next few weeks.
This is a smart strategy indeed.
It's not too late to start a "Save Age of Ultron" campaign.
What did they spend to make the movie?
Reportedly $250 million. No idea what the promotional budget was. But I imagine it wasn't cheap.
Good. This bodes really well for next weekend.

But I'm ready for the hashtag campaign if it's looking like it will be a few cents off @Sunfire, just give the word. ;-)
From Wikipedia:
Disney spent $330.6 million on Avengers: Age of Ultron from February 2013 and November 2014 but $50.7 million of this was offset by payments from the UK tax authority.
So I looked at Rotten Tomatoes and saw that Ultron has 79%, which made me feel bad because the first one got a 92%, and then I noticed that the NUMBER TWO movie in the US (Blart) has a FOUR PERCENT, and then I realized that Serenity got an 82% and I love that movie so much but it kind of bombed and then I wonder why I even look at this stuff.
Packed screenings the entire weekend, including really early ones, which surprised me, considering we had the 1st screening of the movie at WED night. Thus, Not surprised for it doing really well, although it might not get such a long hold-over through following weekends like the first one.

Curious about the percentage drop for next weekend.
Yknow, as long as Joss skips away with bags of cash to create another 'verse, which is just about a certainty, then everything is good (or purple), IMHO.
So I looked at Rotten Tomatoes and saw that Ultron has 79%, which made me feel bad because the first one got a 92%, and then I noticed that the NUMBER TWO movie in the US (Blart) has a FOUR PERCENT, and then I realized that Serenity got an 82% and I love that movie so much but it kind of bombed and then I wonder why I even look at this stuff.

Yeah, jcs, I've been watching it drop as well from 90% over a week ago to present levels. I want it to be a critical darling too. In a way, it's logical, because there was so much expectation after the last one came in with no one knowing what to expect (except maybe the Whedonites who know what kinds of Joss-isms would thrill us). This time, he's got to live up to his premiere effort, so the sophomore slump is always a possible issue. And there are some odd review like one guy who just rips into it and gives it a 1.5 Stars, which I don't get.

I can't read the reviews for fear of spoilers but a comicbook geek friend of mine in Hong Kong was over the moon, saying it was a REAL comicbook movie, and I will trust in his judgement.
In terms of the critics, the "Top Critics" are at 86% fresh. It should also be noted that there haven't been a whole lot of reviews, especially from top critics. Peter Travers is the only one whose name I recognize, and his reviews have always mirrored my own opinions of movies.

Seeing it in 4 days, when it opens here.
Yeah, it seems like people who like really Joss-y stuff are loving it, so I find that very encouraging!
Nebula, I guess you mean the US reviews aren't all in yet? I guess they'll come along when the film opens there. Most of the UK reviews were pretty positive I would say.
To be fair, God himself couldn't have lived up to the expectations generated by the first movie. It's got a high rating among critics and viewers (8.4 on IMDB... the first movie is at 8.2). Everything will be fine.

And while I will enjoy the hell out of this movie, I agree that the best thing about it is all the doors, and checkbooks, it will open for Joss when he's ready to build his next world.
It's not too late to start a "Save Age of Ultron" campaign.


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Yes, Toivo. There are a few US reviews on there, but something like 6 top reviewers. Whatever the outcome here, what will matter the most is if we like it. The critics will let a fight with a significant other, a bad smell, or whoever is paying them determine whether they like a film or not.
This review from the Daily Mirror in the UK is an embarrassment, as he clearly hadn't seen the movie. He's basically reviewing the trailers (nothing in the review says anything that hasn't been released in the trailers), the previous movie's characterisations ("Attempts by Thor, a Norse god, to grapple with 21st Century America raise plenty of laughs" ?!?!? ) and worst of all he thinks Loki is in it! ("Matters arenít helped by the reappearance of the villainous Loki (Tom Hiddleston).")

He then criticises it for being too long?!? And this review is in the Rotten Tomatoes aggregate (albeit as a fresh one, but still!)
That review is amazing!
Guys I'm shocked, are you really questioning the fine standard of journalistic integrity in the Daily Mirror? :D
It just reaffirms why I don't read newspapers!
My hopes are two-fold:

1) Age of Ultron provides Joss more money than God.
2) Said money allows Joss to get Ripper made.

The last we heard was that the BBC was ready to produce a 90 minue Ripper telemovie (confirmed by ASH and JW in 2007).

Now I know being wealthy doesn't necessarily mean that Joss would personally finance such a project but it does provide the cache and influence that would allow him to do so...

I would lose my sh$% if this happened!

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