Avengers: Age of Ultron–Top Opening of All Time?

Joss Whedon‘s Avengers: Age of Ultron is expected to break box-office records, pacing well ahead of Avengers in nearly all categories.

Opening May 1, the picture will eclipse the $207.4 million debut of Avengers (released in May 2012) to score the top North American opening of all time.  Even if it hits $200 million, the movie will be a huge victory for Marvel Studios and Disney.

The major tracking services are officially saying $190 million-$200 million, but those with access to tracking say Age of Ultron is drawing stronger scores that the first film in every category except unaided awareness (categories include first choice and definite interest).

Online ticketing service Fandango reports that advance ticket sales are significantly ahead of Avengers at the same point in time.

The ensemble cast returns Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Chris Evans as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.