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Will Downey suit up again after $175M 'IM3' haul?

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm •  Published: May 5, 2013

The success of "Iron Man" led to another blockbuster franchise in "Sherlock Holmes," and Downey's professional choices now look limitless.

In an interview before the release of "Iron Man 3," Downey said that "Avengers" director Joss Whedon had been editing a first cut of that film and told him the movie didn't really start until Stark and girlfriend Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) appeared together on screen.

Downey said that was a testament to the groundwork laid years earlier in "Iron Man," which "when we were shooting it, this kind of became the heart of several franchises."

"So you know we're having a nice time," Downey said, sidestepping comment on whether he might return for more "Iron Man" and "Avengers" sequels.

"Iron Man 3" did four times the domestic business of every other movie out there; the combined total of all other releases was $43.7 million, according to

While it was a huge weekend for Marvel and Disney, the overall industry continued to slump, thanks to the record start for "The Avengers" over the same weekend a year ago. Domestic revenues this weekend totaled $219 million, down 15 percent from the $258.1 million during that "Avengers" weekend last year.

Hollywood's domestic revenue this year is at $3.14 billion, off 11 percent from 2012's pace, according to

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Where available, latest international numbers are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

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.


Estimated weekend ticket sales at international theaters (excluding the U.S. and Canada) for films distributed overseas by Hollywood studios, according to Rentrak:

1. "Iron Man 3," $175.9 million.

2. "The Croods," $17.4 million.

3. "Oblivion," $6.5 million.

4 (tie). "Les Profs," $4 million.

4 (tie). "Scary Movie 5," $4 million.

6 (tie). "The Big Wedding," $2.5 million.

6 (tie). "Olympus Has Fallen," $2.5 million.

6 (tie). "Somos Tao Jovens," $2.5 million.

9. "Evil Dead," $2.47 million.

10. "Jurassic Park" in 3-D, $1.4 million.




Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by News Corp.; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.