Who's surprised? Anyone? Bueller? Box office expectations couldn't be much higher for "Avengers: Age of Ultron," which opens in the U.S. on May 1, but has already made big money in international markets. According to Variety, the superhero sequel made $44.8 million in 26 territories in its first two days, with first-place finishes in all of them. Here are a few of the breakdowns they shared:
• U.K.: $5.4 million -- 54 percent more than for "Iron Man 3" and 40 percent more than "Avengers."
• South Korea: $4.9 million, with a 96% share and 173% above "Avengers."
• France: $4.4 million
• Russia: $3.7 million
• Brazil: $3.4 million
• Australia: $3.4 million
• Philippines: $2.8 million
• Taiwan: $2.6 million
That's just a small sample and it's just from the first two days. Meanwhile, keep an eye on the U.S. opening weekend numbers next week, because the bar is pretty high -- "Age of Ultron" is expected to earn more than $200 million. FYI, if you head to Box Office Mojo, the movie with the current No. 1 ranking for highest opening weekend ever is the first "Avengers" with a little over $207M. Second place is "Iron Man 3." So, yeah, expectations are high.