'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Gets China Release Date

Iron Man Avengers 2 poster - H 2015
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Iron Man Avengers 2 poster - H 2015

The Marvel tentpole has passed censorship and is being translated for a May 12 opening in the world's second-biggest film market.

Avengers: Age of Ultron has passed censorship in China, with the hotly anticipated Marvel tentpole starring Robert Downey Jr. set to be released in the world's second-biggest film market on May 12.

The movie is currently being translated and is being imported by the state-owned China Film Group, Mtime, China's leading movie site, first reported. Industry sources confirmed the date.

Directed by Joss Whedon, the sequel to 2012's The Avengers also stars Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgard, James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson.

The first installment of the franchise brought in $84 million in box-office revenue in China.

The sequel hits U.S. theaters May 1. It opens in the U.K. and in India on April 24.

Chinese box office is becoming increasingly important to Hollywood as the burgeoning number of screens translates into surging revenues. Transformers: Age of Extinction did more than $300 million in the country last year.