Avengers 2 gets third biggest opening weekend of all time to topple Fast and Furious 7

The Avengers: Age of Ultron has had the third-best opening weekend of all time in Australia taking $15.7m at the box office.

Directed by Joss Whedon, the second film in Marvel’s Avengers franchise stars Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man and Australian Chris Hemsworth as Thor, and has earned $17.1m since it opened last Thursday on 760 screens.

Its first weekend’s earnings place it behind Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which earned $18.364m in July 2011, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon in November 2009, which took $16.1m.

Placing second over the weekend was Fast and Furious 7, which has become the highest-grossing film of the year in Australia, taking in $1.57m to boost total earnings to $40.316m.

Disney’s Cinderella came third, earning $757,881 on 205 screens to edge over the $20m total earning mark with $20.699m.

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 from Sony took $552,880 to jump to $2.468m, while Home earned $516,103 to reach $18,031m in total.

Romance film The Age of Adaline came in sixth, with $479,135 on 186 screens, which sees earnings rise to $1.454m.

Seventh was The Longest Ride, which took in $449,543 to reach $3.849m, followed by Shaun the Sheep, with $288,173 to $5.866m.

While We’re Young, a comedy starring Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts, took in $228,176 on 43 screens to see total earnings rise to $791,386.

Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out of Water earned $224,266, reaching a total box office of $7.761m.

Boychoir, which stars Dustin Hoffman, took in $201,894 on its first weekend, and UK film Testament Of Youth took in $174,129 to reach $210,636.

Title (Distributor) Weekend B/O Screens Total B/O
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Disney) $15,700,805 760 $17,105,520
Fast And Furious 7 (Universal) $1,570,108 307 $40,316,402
Cinderella (Disney) $757,881 205 $20,699,601
Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (Sony) $552,880 209 $2,467,812
Home (Fox) $516,103 263 $18,031,097
The Age Of Adaline (Eone) $479,135 186 $1,454,016
The Longest Ride (Fox) $449,543 219 $3,849,165
Shaun The Sheep (Studiocanal) $288,173 214 $5,866,102
While We're Young (Roadshow) $228,176 43 $791,386
Spongebob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water (Paramount) $224,266 0 $7,760,900
Boychoir (Becker) $201,894 0 $216,386
Testament Of Youth (Transmission) $174,129 64 $210,636
The Duff (Roadshow) $125,206 103 $3,505,914
Insurgent (Eone) $113,789 64 $12,023,023
Get Hard (Wb) $109,964 70 $5,699,500
The Gunman (Studiocanal) $56,269 107 $385,012
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Fox) $55,326 60 $15,867,443
Tinkerbell: Legend Of The Neverbeast (Disney) $42,539 31 $948,728
Leviathan (Palace) $40,656 16 $651,049
Little Chaos, A (Paramount) $39,445 0 $1,033,689

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