‘Avengers’ sequel raises foreign haul to $255 million in first week


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By Todd Cunningham, TheWrap

“Avengers: The Age of Ultron” has powered to $255 million in its first week at the international box office and is pacing ahead of the original at a similar stage, Disney reported Thursday.

The Marvel superhero mashup, a sequel to the 2012 blockbuster “The Avengers,” makes its North American debut in more than 4,200 theaters on Friday. It rolls out in Mexico, Spain, and several additional foreign markets on Thursday.

“Avengers: The Age of Ultron” exploded for a massive $201 million in its first weekend of release overseas, exceeding the original film’s first weekend take by 44 percent and breaking records along the way.

“Age of Ultron” was No. 1 in all 44 territories in which it rolled out, roughly 55 percent of its eventual international run. South Korea was…

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