Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron kicks off the summer movie season with a bang, scoring the second-biggest North American opening ever with $187.7 million, according to studio estimates from ticket-sales firm Rentrak.

The superhero sequel is only bested by its predecessor The Avengers, which still holds the record with its $207.4 million weekend in May 2012. Marvel now has the three best opening weekends to date, rounded out by Iron Man 3’s $174.1 million debut in May 2013.

Age Of Ultron started with Thursday night screenings, that earned $27.6 million. Then, on Friday (May 1), it landed the second-biggest day in box office history with $84.5 million – trailing the $91.1 million one-day take of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in July 2011.

The number could’ve likely been larger, but it faced competition from the Kentucky Derby, the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao fight and NBA playoffs.