Good news for anyone planning on taking a trip to the UK next April - The Avengers: Age of Ultron will open there a full week before the US.
Marvel Studios have just announced that the film will open on April 24 in the UK and Ireland - which fits with their now standard policy of opening films internationally before the domestic release.
The recent early release of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to a mixed critical reception in the international market had suggested that the approach comes with risks built in - but fears that this could bleed over into a lackluster US reception were largely allayed by it's fantastic box office returns. For Marvel Studios themselves, a delayed US release date certainly didn't hinder Captain America: The Winter Soldier's box office prospects.
The general consensus seems to be that the international market is a good testing ground, and allows a build up of critical buzz - which is presumably why Marvel are going to continue their use of the practice with their marquee release next year.
What do you guys think? Would you travel to Europe to catch The Avengers: Age of Ultron a week earlier? Let me know below!
Would you travel to Europe to see The Avengers a week early?