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German movie theaters boycott Age of Ultron

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You’re going to have to look hard to find the Avengers assembling in Germany. As reported by Variety, independent movie theaters are boycotting the popular Marvel film, citing massive raises in rental fees from Disney.

According to Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, fees are being raised from 47.7 percent to 53 percent of ticket sales. Disney has also chosen to cut back on advertising, and will reportedly not any provide advances for 3-D glasses. Theater owners in over 100 small towns have claimed that the rise in cost may put them out of business.

Speaking on behalf of theater owners in Northern Germany, Karl-Heinz Meier, a spokesperson for I.G. Nord, explained why the situation is so dire. “When prices go up, then we have a serious problem that could force movie theaters to close,” Meier said. Currently, the film is being kept from over 600 theaters.

Avengers: Age of Ultron debuted overseas this weekend to a massive opening, grossing $201.2 million and $9.3 at the German box office alone. The film opens in U.S. theaters May 1.