Marvel's Avengers: Age Of Ultron hit theatres in India on Friday -- a week before its US release -- and has collected a staggering Rs. 10.8 crore at the box office on it's opening day, according to trade experts.
Avengers, which saw Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye coming together for the first time, amassed a mind-boggling $1.5 billion internationally and if anything, Age of Ultron is likely to shatter that record.
Featuring a blockbuster banquet of superheroes from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the much awaited film is a sequel to the 2012 release.
According to trade expert Taran Adarsh, the India figure is said to be 2.5 times the collections of Avengers.
"#AvengersAgeOfUltron Fri 10.85 cr. India biz... Non-holiday release... Day 1 is 2.5 times higher than #Avengers 1... AWESOME," tweeted Adarsh.
Film trade analyst Komal Nahta tweeted: "If AvengersAgeOfUltron can open to packed houses even in a small centre of Bihar, like Hajipur, Bollywood needs to be worried very much! (sic)."
The film stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson and James Spader.
Written and directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963.
The movie, said to have released across 1500 screens in the country, saw collaborations with 50 brands in various categories. It is touted to be the highest brand association for any film in India.
Fast and Furious 7 earlier made a blockbuster opening in India and went on to amass over Rs 140 crore in three weeks. The film opened on April 3 with an astounding Rs 12.3 crore collections on the first day. The seventh film of Fast and Furious franchise was Paul Walker's last film who died during its shooting. It also starred Vin Diesel, Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson. Furious 7 opened on over 2,000 screens.