By Jonathan Davies

Hundreds of cinemas in Germany have refused to screen the new Avengers: Age of Ultron film following a dispute over rental fees.

Reports in Germany claim that 686 cinemas in small towns around the country have so far refused to show the film, which opened on Thursday. It is widely anticipated as one of this year's biggest blockbusters.

The disputes follows a decision to raise the rental fee for the movie to 53% of ticket sales, up from the 47.7% usually charged to small town cinemas.

It means the cinemas will keep less than half of the money generated from ticket sales.

Avengers: Age of Ultron is the latest in the recent line of Marvel films and is a sequel to Avengers Assemle, which made box office history after taking $1 billion in its first three weeks in cinemas.