The Disney/Marvel film is expected to gross $200 million or more this weekend, according to analysts. "Age of Ultron" will have to top the $207 million made during "The Avengers" opening weekend in 2012 to break the all-time U.S.-Canada record.
According to a MovieTickets.com report, North American ticket presales for "Ultron" are already 3.7 times those of its predecessor at the same point in each film's sales cycle. Disney said the sequel has already made $255.4 million overseas since its rollout on April 22.
The film features an all-star cast of superheroes played by a returning all-star cast of Hollywood untouchables:
The sequel, directed by Joss Whedon, harnesses the power of other costumed avengers such as Scarlet Witch (
According to early estimates from BoxOfficeMojo.com, Friday's other top box-office draws include "Furious 7" ($2.1 million), "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" ($1.8 million), "Age of Adaline" ($2.2 million) and "Home" ($870,000).