"Avengers: Age of Ultron," the sequel to the 2012 superhero film, launched with $9.5 million in 11 international markets on its first day in release, Disney reported Thursday.
The Joss Whedon-directed film collected the most money in France, where it was the No. 1 opening of 2015, with $2.7 million. In the Philippines, the film pulled in $1.6 million, the biggest opening day of all time for that region.
It also made $1.5 million in Taiwan, $1.1 million in Italy, $900,000 in Indonesia and $1.7 million in other markets.
The Marvel tentpole, which is set to open in the U.S. on May 1, follows superheroes Iron Man (
Fandango, a movie ticketing company, reported earlier this month that an estimated 54% of surveyed ticket-buyers said the franchise film topped their list of summer picks.
Early tracking estimates suggest that the sequel could open with more than its predecessor's $207.4-million debut, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys.
The film will continue its roll-out overseas this weekend. It opens in South Korea, Britain, Brazil, Australia, Russia, Germany and Argentina on Thursday.