"Avengers: Age Of Ultron" Preview Night Box Office Passes Predecessor's Haul

Now that "Avengers: Age of Ultron" is screening in theaters across the country, it's now a waiting game to see if the highly-anticipated sequel will live up to its record-breaking box office expectations. With the movie's Thursday preview night showings vanquished, Deadline has a report on how the film fared.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" easily bested 2012's "Marvel's the Avengers" in box office totals from last night; the sequel earned $27.6 million last night compared to its predecessor's $18.7 million. That total gives "Age of Ultron" the sixth-highest preview night box office of all time, falling behind "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" ($43.5 million) but also speeding past "Furious 7's" Thursday earnings from last month ($15.8 million).

While the film didn't break records for its total preview night earnings, it did snag the preview night IMAX record away from "The Dark Knight Rises"; "Age of Ultron" IMAX earned $3 million compared to "TDKR's" $2.3 million. Additionally, Deadline reports that the film's audience last night was 60% male and 40% female.

The latest Marvel Studios blockbuster is still expected to best "Marvel's the Avengers'" record-setting $207.4 million opening weekend.

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