FILM FEATURE: Superhero movie smashes multiple UK box office records

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Blockbuster sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron literally Hulk smashed multiple records at the box-office this weekend – see last week’s Spalding Guardian for the in-depth review – to easily become the biggest film of the year so far.

After taking more than £18m across the UK for 2015’s weekend record – beating Fifty Shades of Grey (£13.5m) and Fast and Furious 7 (£12.75m) – it also notched April’s biggest opening ever, the biggest ever single day for superhero movie, and was the best ever day for a Disney film.

The movie, which sees Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and co. battling the technological robotic marvel Ultron (James Spader), and his right-hand Maximoff siblings Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), notched the biggest UK weekend total since Skyfall (£20.2m in October 2012) and eighth-biggest of all-time – and garnered more than $200m overseas prior to its US opening.

With Spider-Man expecting to join (the just announced) Scarlet Witch, Iron Man, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and villain Baron Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) in Captain America: Civil War next year – alongside the returning Cap, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) – that sequel (released on April 29 next year) could nearly be as big as Joss Whedon’s latest Avengers instalment.

Until then we will just have the small matter of Marvel superhero Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) to fill the void when it comes out on July 17...

Took more than £18m across the UK for 2015’s weekend record

Rating: 4/5 if you’re a casual cinema-goer, 5/5 if you’re a Marvel fan!