“Thank you for coming to see what will be a super hero packed program tonight – and not those dirty super heroes who stand outside our theater, on the street. The real ones! The ones you see in the magazines,” Jimmy Kimmel said tonight at the top of his ABC late-night show, renamed Jimmy Kimmel Live: Avengers Assembled — a sort of JKL cum Avengers infomercial.
Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron sat down tonight with Kimmel, aka Marvel super fan, on the broadcast. The cast played an Avengers-centric Family Feud and showed a clip from the movie.
“It’s exciting. It’s like our own private Comic-Con. Without the smell,” Kimmel boasted.
“There’s a big, spectacular fight scene in the movie between Iron Man and the Hulk – which starts when Iron Man says the dress was gold and white. And the Hulk disagrees,” he snarked.
At one point, Kimmel turned to his show’s Wall of America – re-named Wall of Nerds for the night, to take questions from fans. Among the fans was Clark Gregg, from ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., completing the circle: Disney-owned network promoting Disney movie promoting Disney-produced series that airs on Disney-owned network.
“Somehow, they’re able to figure these things out before they happen – and they project – that Avengers: Age of Ultron – will make 200 million dollars on opening weekend alone,” Kimmel marveled during his his studio audience. “The first Avengers movie made $1.5 billion – this one is tracking ahead of that. Robert Downey Jr. actually now has more money than Tony Stark, the character he plays! That’s a lot of money. Can you imagine how much money they would make if the guys going to see them opening weekend brought dates?”
And then, this:
Tracking for one of this summer’s tentpoles, Disney/Marvel’s The Avengers: Age Of Ultron, came out last week and, as expected, it’s tracking a little better than The Avengers at the same point in the cycle, writes Deadline’s Anita Busch. That one, which was the highest opening in history, debuted to $207.4M in May 2012. This new superhero cluster flick — which includes everyone from Captain America and Iron Man to The Hulk, Thor, Falcon, Quicksilver, and Black Widow — bows May 1 in 3D and Imax 3D and is expected to be one of the highest — if not the highest — opening in history.
The picture will open in previews Thursday, April 30 at 7 PM. Advance ticket sales started early last month. Right now, the sequel is “significantly outselling” the first Avengers, said a Fandango spokesperson. “Theaters around the country are sold out and managers are right now adding showtimes to meet the fan demand.” MovieTickets.com also that U.S. advance ticket sales are six times greater than The Avengers.