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The Avengers' Sequel Made $187 Million, but There Was One Movie Record It Just Couldn't Break

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Story by the Associated Press; curated by Zach Noble

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The "Avengers" sequel has failed to top the record opening weekend of the first film.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" grossed a staggering $187.7 million in its first three days in theaters according to Disney estimates on Sunday, but it is a far cry from the first film's $207.4 million debut in 2012.

Although "Ultron" was the only new film in wide release this weekend, it had some significant small screen competition too: The Kentucky Derby, the NBA playoffs, and the Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao fight.

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Numbers could shift by the time Monday actuals roll in, but it seems the robust counter-programming may have blockaded a new record for Marvel and Disney.

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