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THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – Joss Whedon’s Avengers: Age of Ultron earned another $35.3 million Thursday at the international box office for an early two-day total of $44.8 million from 26 markets, including scoring the biggest opening-day for moviegoing ever in South Korea.

The superhero extravaganza, which officially kicks off the summer box office, is opening in numerous international markets a week ahead of its May 1 North American debut and could gross $160 million-$175 million for the weekend.

In comparison, the North American box office will be relatively sleepy as two smaller films open, The Age of Adaline, a romantic fantasy starring Blake Lively, and faith-based movie Little Boy.

From Lakeshore and distributed by Lionsgate, Adaline grossed $575,000 from Thursday night previews and could hit $15 million for the weekend. That won’t be enough, however, to unseat ruling champ Furious 7, which will enjoy hits last weekend atop the domestic chart before the invasion of Age of Ultron.

Age of Ultron will be playing in 55 percent of the foreign marketplace this weekend. As expected, it is coming in No. 1 everywhere and pacing ahead of The Avengers in numerous countries. The U.K. led Thursday with $5.4 million, 40 percent ahead of the first film, while Age of Ultron took in $4.9 million in South Korea, where opening-day admissions hit an all-time high (to boot, the tentpole commanded 96 percent of the market).

In Russia, Age of Ultron debuted to $3.7 million, followed by Brazil with $3.4 million, the top opening-day gross of a Disney/Marvel title. Other Thursday opening results include $3.4 million in Australia and $1.8 million in Germany.

Domestically, Age of Ultron could surpass the $207.4 million debut of The Avengers in 2012 to mark the top three-day opening of all time.

Avengers went on to earn $1.5 billion globally, including $895.2 million overseas.

Age of Ultron returns Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as the Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. The ensemble cast also includes Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany. This time, the superheroes and their allies must work together to stop Ultron (James Spader), who intends to destroy the world.

Rupert Sanders’ live-action remake of the anime classic is a go

News about the controversial plans for a live-action remake of anime classic Ghost In The Shell has been thin on the ground of late. But with Scarlett Johansson does the press rounds for a little movie called Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the star of the planned project told Collider when the film will start shooting.

“It’s happening. It will be shooting the beginning of next year, so I think we start production January or February and it’s me and Rupert [Sanders]; and that’s all I know.”

Rupert Sanders is the director of Snow White And The Huntsman, and he’s working with producers Avi Arad and Steven Paul on the film which no doubt hopes to match the financial success of 2014’s Scarlett Johannsson action movie Lucy ($458 million worldwide).

The production rumbles on despite the understandable concerns of those who love Masamune Shirow’s original 1989 work, which spawned three manga editions, three films a TV series and several video games. Still, Ghost boasts a compelling story angle for the big screen: the focus is on Motoko Kusanagi (Johansson), a cyborg law enforcer and part of the member of a covert ops unit of the Japanese National Public Safety Commission, which specialises in tackling technology-related crimes.

Live-action will be a tougher medium to work in than either the printed page or animation, but if James Cameron can find a way to shoot Avatar, it should be possible to make a good Ghost film. Assuming you can crack the story properly… And for more on that, and more on the original generally, be sure to read through our Ghost In The Shell crash course guide.

Here are some new press junket video of Scarlett and Mark from the UK press junket interview they did this week.


Scarlett is featured on the latest issue of Parade were she is promoting Avengers: Age of Ultron. A behind the scenes video from the shoot has been added online for you to watch. I will have scans and outtakes as soon as I can till then enjoy this look.

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I have updated the gallery with over 100 new HQ pics of Scarlett from the “Avengers: Age of Ultron” World Premiere.

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Last night was the Avengers: Age of Ultron World Premiere that took place at the Dolby Theatre in LA. Scarlett was there looking amazing in her Stella McCartney dress. I have added in over 300 Hq and Mq photos from the event into the gallery for you all so enjoy!

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