Walt Disney Studios
April 27, 2015 11:48 AM EDT

Avengers: Age of Ultron surpassed even its own studio’s expectations with a huge $201.2 million box office across 44 territories this weekend. Disney had projected that the movie would open at $175 million overseas, according to Variety.

The Avengers sequel will likely continue to soar this week. After premiering in about half the international marketplace this weekend—in markets like the U.K., France, Russia and Australia—the film will debut in the United States on May 1. Analysts expect it to beat the first Avenger film’s record-breaking $207.4 million U.S. debut. Popular online movie ticket vendor Fandango began selling seats to the highly-anticipated movie a full two months before its premiere date.



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