Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron today will become the 3rd Marvel Cinematic Universe film to gross $500M internationally. It achieves the milestone in 17 days. That’s particularly significant as the Joss Whedon-directed superhero mash-up has yet to bow in China or Japan. Through yesterday, Ultron had grossed $499.7M overseas, and $235.7M in North America, for a worldwide tally of $735.3M.
As of last weekend, the film had surpassed the lifetimes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Iron Man 2 and Thor: The Dark World. It now adds Guardians Of The Galaxy ($441M) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($455M) to the list of Marvel stable movies it’s bested abroad.
The worldwide cume to date has now stretched to overtake Thor: The Dark World ($645M) and Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714M), among others.
The next bow for AOU is China on May 12 where it’s expected to break the $300M barrier. Disney last week crossed $1B internationally in a year that has also seen Cinderella make over $500M worldwide. Still to come from the studio in 2015 are such big plays as George Clooney-starrer Tomorrowland; Pixar’s Inside Out; Marvel’s Ant-Man; and the continuation of the Star Wars franchise when The Force Awakens (and all bets are off) on December 16.