Box Office Preview: 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Eyes $160M-$175M Foreign Bow

The tentpole is opening in numerous foreign markets a week ahead of its North American debut.

Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron begins its international assault on Wednesday, a week ahead of its North American debut.

The superhero extravaganza will be playing in 55 percent of the foreign marketplace this weekend and is expected to take in $160 million-$175 million for Disney and Marvel Studios. Age of Ultron opens in France and Italy Wednesday, and in South Korea, the U.K., Brazil, Australia, Russia and Germany on Thursday, among other major markets.

Domestically, Age of Ultron could surpass the $207.4 million debut of The Avengers in 2012 to mark the top three-day opening of all time.

Avengers went on to earn $1.5 billion globally, including $895.2 million overseas.

Age of Ultron returns Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk, Chris Evans as Captain America and Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow. The ensemble cast also includes Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany. This time, the superheroes and their allies must work together to stop Ultron (James Spader), who intends to destroy the world.