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Box office report for May 6, 2013: "Iron Man 3" opens with superheroic haul

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: May 22, 2013 at 6:08 pm •  Published: May 6, 2013

“Iron Man 3″ pulled off a superheroic weekend at the box office, with a $175.3 million domestic opening weekend for the Marvel threequel, reports the Associated Press.

According to the AP, Robert Downey Jr.’s third outing as the red-suited hero has blasted to a worldwide total of $680.1 million. That includes $175.9 million in its second weekend overseas, where the film has rung up $504.8 million so far.

“Iron Man 3″ had the second-biggest domestic debut ever, behind the $207.4 million start over the same weekend last year for Marvel Studios’ “The Avengers,” which teamed Downey’s Stark with other Marvel Comics heroes. The new sequel surpassed the $169.2 million opening for 2011′s “Harry Potter” finale, the previous second-place debut, according to the AP.

In just nine days, the film zipped past the $312 million international total for “Iron Man 2″ in its entire theatrical run.

Domestically, “Iron Man 3″ far outpaced the franchise’s first two movies. “Iron Man” launched the series with a $98.6 million domestic debut in 2008, while 2010′s “Iron Man 2″ opened with $128.1 million.

“Iron Man 3′s” superb box office performance makes him the most successful solo superhero ever to make it to the movies. The film opened higher than last year’s Batman finale “The Dark Knight Rises” ($160.9 million) and the biggest of the Spider-Man movies ($151.1 million for “Spider-Man 3″).

Of course, the big question is will Downey return for a fourth “Iron Man 4.” Mild spoiler alert here: “Iron Man 3″ hints that his Tony Stark might hang up his high-tech suits and live a normal life from now on. As the centerpiece behind not only the “Iron Man” flicks but also Marvel’s superhero ensemble “The Avengers,” Downey seems crucial to the Marvel Universe the studio has so carefully crafted.

“I honestly don’t know how you can go on with that character without Downey,” Paul Dergarabedian, an analyst with box-office tracker Hollywood.com, told the AP. “I think he’s as important to this franchise and to Marvel as any actor is to any character.”

Dave Hollis, head of distribution for Disney, told the AP, “Marvel has found a way to tell interesting stories with a variety of characters over time, and it will continue to do so.”

“Iron Man 3″ did four times the domestic business of every other movie out there, according to the AP. The combined total of all other releases was $43.7 million.

1. “Iron Man 3,” $175.3 million ($175.9 million international).

2. “Pain & Gain,” $7.6 million.

3. “42,” $6.2 million.

4. “Oblivion,” $5.8 million ($6.5 million international).

5. “The Croods,” $4.2 million ($17.4 million international).

6. “The Big Wedding,” $3.9 million ($2.5 million international).

7. “Mud,” $2.2 million.

8. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” $1.8 million.

9. “Scary Movie 5,” $1.4 million ($4 million international).

10. “The Place Beyond the Pines,” $1.3 million.

-BAM

by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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