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The niche blockbuster: If it's summer movie fun you're after, look to the breakouts, not the pre-ordained hits

Already killing it in England, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan and beyond, "Avengers: Age of Ultron" opens in the U.S. with evening screenings Thursday and an official May 1 bow. Expectations couldn't be larger. Its success is predestined; it will be one of those mass-market blockbusters stockholders enjoy so much. Some are predicting an opening weekend box office take of $240 million. The first "Avengers" movie started off with a $207 million opening weekend en route to a $1.5 billion total worldwide. Might "Age of Ultron" overtake the reigning money champs, "Avatar" ($2.7 billion) and "Titanic" ($2.1 billion)?

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