While Furious 7 has taken the top spot at the domestic box office for the fourth weekend in a row, that streak will surely come to an end next weekend when Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters. While North American fans still have a few more days until they can see this Marvel Phase Two sequel in theaters, the superhero adventure has already passed the $200 million mark overseas. The movie is currently playing in 44 international markets, where it has amassed $201.2 million so far.
The movie has opened in territories such as France, Italy, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, Korea and Australia, and it has been the number one movie in every territory where it has opened so far. Disney is projecting that Avengers: Age of Ultron will take in anywhere between $150 to $175 million when it opens domestically on May 1. Here's what Disney distribution chief Dave Hollis had to say in a statement.
"The bar was high, but this is a sign of unbelievable momentum in the marketplace. It all goes back to the strength of the brand and the incredible work the Marvel team does in telling stories in such a consistent way and creating these worlds."
Of course, it's possible that Avengers: Age of Ultron may even surpass Marvel's The Avengers's record opening weekend haul of $207.4 million next weekend, but we won't know for sure until one week from today. The movie cost a whopping $250 million to make, but it should have no problem crossing $1 billion globally. How much do you think Avengers: Age of Ultron will make when it opens in North American theaters on May 1? Let us know what you think below, and stay tuned for more updates.