Ultron Scores $187.7M Opening

It looks like ‘Ultron’ didn’t smash its predecessor’s record.

“Avengers: Age of Ultron” is set to take in a whopping $187.7 million at the U.S. domestic box-office this weekend. That marks the second biggest domestic opening in history, behind only the first film which garnered $207.4 million.

Early predictions had ‘Ultron’ matching or potentially beating its predecessor. But it’s thought the weaker reviews combined with some major sporting events this weekend including the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight, the NBA playoffs and the Kentucky Derby had an impact.

After 12 days of release in some global territories, the film’s worldwide haul so far sits at a stunning $627 million and isn’t expected to slow down for some time yet – especially with China not getting the film until next week.

‘Ultron’ also sucked the air out of most of the rest of the box-office with “Age of Adaline” coming in second with $6.3 million. Indie drama “Far From the Madding Crowd” opened in limited release to a $17,200 per screen average.