The success of the first Avengers movie combined with next to zero competition from the rest of Hollywood made this the ideal scenario for Avengers: Age of Ultron to rocket past its predecessor to have the #1 opening weekend of all time. It came in at a solid #2 for one reason: Mayweather-Pacquiao.
It isn’t often that a Saturday sporting even can have an influence on a Hollywood blockbuster, but this was not ordinary Saturday sporting event. Floyd Mayweather Jr. may not have been able to knockout Manny Pacquiao, but it did keep Avengers 2 from breaking $200 million. Everything other than the fight was stacked in its favor: no competition, 3D and IMAX, good spring weather in most of the country. However, this boxing match made instant fans out of millions of people, even if only for the single night.
Avengers needn’t worry. They’ll make it all up next weekend. Here’s what The Hollywood Reporter had to say:
Costing $89-$99 to watch, the fight is expected to have generated hundreds of millions in revenue. Additionally, thousands watched the fight on pirate sites. “The fight dinged all films across the board. The numbers on Ultron are still phenomenal but definitely less than they would have been,” said one rival studio executive.