Going into the opening weekend of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the thing I was most curious about was what its CinemaScore, a measure of audience satisfaction, would be. The expectations around Ultron were crushing, and after seeing the movie—which is BONKERS—I wondered if general audiences would be into its weirder, more character-driven vibe. I thought it might be a little too out there, require a little too much thought and attention, and it might be too comic book for the masses. Well, worry not, for it scored a solid A with audiences. Most everyone who saw Ultron was happy with what they got from it.
Still, the conversation is not about that, but about the $187.6 million opening weekend haul, the second largest domestic opening of all time, behind only The Avengers. Marvel now owns the top three domestic openings with The Avengers, Age of Ultron, and Iron Man 3. And yet we’re supposed to be disappointed because Ultron didn’t earn more than its predecessor. I get it—everyone was projecting more. But any time a movie makes that much money you can’t honestly call it a disappointment, and you definitely can’t call it a flop or anything like that. Ultron has already made over $620 million worldwide and will very likely top a billion dollars. It’s a money-making machine. The only conversation I’m willing to have about Ultron’s box office is the one in which we discuss the fact that the North American box office, as a market, is tapped out.
The conversation I do want to have, though, is what you all thought of Age of Ultron. I’m enthusiastic about it. Yes, it’s messy, but it has a lot more personality than The Avengers, which is, ultimately, nothing more than a thread-bare plot supporting a big spectacle. Fun, sure, but not much to chew on beyond the first exciting viewing. Ultron, however, gives us a lot to chew on. I’ll be going into specific character arcs throughout the week, but for now, tell me what you think. Did you like it? Did it deliver what you wanted? If not, what else could it have given you? And do we maybe expect too much from movies like this? What were you expecting compared to what you actually got? Let’s hash it out.