'Avengers' once again tops box office; 'Hot Pursuit' flops

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  • "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was the top movie for the second weekend in a row
  • New entry "Hot Pursuit" was no match for the superhero blockbuster

(CNN)This time, two beauties couldn't take on this beast.

"Avengers: Age of Ultron" is still the 800-pound gorilla at the box office.
A week after turning out the second-highest debut weekend in history, the Marvel sequel recorded the second-highest second weekend ever -- once again, behind only 2012's "The Avengers" ($103 million).
    In a few more days, "Ultron" will finally have a "first," when it passes "Furious 7" as the year's top-grossing movie thus far. Worldwide, it's up to $875 million.
    "Ultron" was down 60% from last weekend and still had a big box office take.
    The Reese Witherspoon-Sofia Vergara comedy "Hot Pursuit" was the weekend's only new wide release, opening as expected: a distant second, while several returning films battled it out for the bronze.
    "Pursuit's" bad reviews couldn't have helped matters, and analysts thought the movie might open closer to $18 million.
    Next weekend should be much more competitive, as "Ultron" continues edging back toward earth while facing the sequels "Mad Max: Fury Road" and "Pitch Perfect 2."
    Domestic weekend box office estimates from Exhibitor Relations (final numbers available Monday afternoon):
    1. "Avengers: Age of Ultron" -- $77.2 million ($312.9 million total)
    2. "Hot Pursuit' -- $13.3 million
    3. "The Age of Adaline" -- $5.6 million ($31.5 million total)
    4. "Furious 7" -- $5.3 million ($338.4 million total)
    5. "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" -- $5.2 million ($58.1 million total)