Avengers: Age of Ultron
opened across North America this weekend and the second instalment in the series did not disappoint. Age of Ultron
brings back its original star-studded cast, including Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johansson. New members to join the crew include British hottie, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Quicksilver and Elizabeth Olsen as his twin sis, Scarlet Witch.
The film had an incredible opening weekend
, bringing in $187.7 million in domestic box office sales. This puts it second only to its predecessor, The Avengers
(2012), which had an opening weekend of $207.4 million. Whoa, time to get into the superhero business.
Following close behind the super team’s ultimate
domination of opening weekend sales are the some of the usual suspects. Here are the 5 follow up super features ranked by their opening weekend sales.
Iron Man 3
Another major take for Marvel Studios, Iron Man 3
had an opening weekend of $174.1 million in 2013. The film is the third instalment in the Iron Man
trilogy and was generally well received by critics and franchise fans alike.
Starring Downey, back again as Tony Stark, who is suffering post-traumatic stress from his encounter with aliens in New York a year earlier. Tensions rise between Stark and his girlfriend Pepper Potts, portrayed by a very buff-looking Gwyneth Paltrow. Paltrow got to join in on the action this time, actually pulling off a pretty kick-ass rescue scene.
The Dark Knight Rises
It seems third times the charm in the super hero franchise as the final chapter for the Dark Knight series brought in the biggest bucks. Directed by Christopher Nolan, The Dark Knight Rises
made a respectable $160.9 million in its first weekend. I wonder how many of those were repeat viewers? Personally, I’d be shocked that they could watch the evil Bane break poor Batman’s back on the big screen more than once.
The Dark Knight
The second instalment for the deep-voiced crusader, The Dark Knight
comes in super close, with $158.4 million. While hype for the follow up to 2005’s Batman Begins
was already high, the film got a lot of extra attention when one of its stars, Heath Ledger, who portrayed the Joker, died of an overdose just six months before the film’s release. Ledger’s performance was truly a masterpiece and he was posthumously awarded Best Supporting Actor at the 2009 Academy Awards.
Finally, the finale film in a super hero franchise to make this list is Spider Man 3
, which made $151.1 million on its opening weekend. The Sam Raimi directed trilogy stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as Peter Parker and his redheaded love, Mary Jane Watson. The Amazing Spider-Man
, which passed the torch onto real-life couple Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone just 5 years later seems pennies in comparison with a first weekend of $62 million.
Iron Man 2
Last but certainly not least we have Iron Man 2
making the cut with $128.1 million. This chapter of course has Downey Jr. and Paltrow back in the action again and also brings in a leather-clad Scarlett Johansson in her first big screen appearance as Natasha Romanoff, aka, Black Widow.
With all these dollar signs it’s no surprise the studios keep pumping out the superhero franchises. I’ll bet $207.5 million that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
makes short work of this list in its 2016 premier.