300 Million Dollar Iron Man

A month and a half after it was first release, Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” has cleared $300 million dollars in domestic receipts. Add to it the $249 it’s made in overseas buckaroos, and it’s look like Marvel Studios chose correctly when they decided to pop their production cherry with “Iron Man”. Consider the film’s (by today’s Hollywood blockbuster standards) middling $140 million dollar budget, and the hit just keeps on coming. (For God’s sake, consider Adam Sandler’s romantic comedy “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan”, which despite having nothing close to the special effects of “Iron man”, still boasts a bloated $90 million dollar budget when $5 million would have gotten you the exact same movie — minus Sandler, of course.)

According to Box Office Mojo, who are basically the only sites out there that actually tracks this stuff, “Iron Man’s” $300 take isn’t even a record. Can you guess which movie is #1 to be first to $300 in the least amount of time? If you thought James Cameron’s “Titanic” — and let’s face it, you probably were — you would be wrong. “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” holds the record, hitting $300 in a scant 16 days of release. (For the record, “Titanic” doesn’t even land in the Top 10!)

Here’s the Top 20 fastest to reach $300, including the # of days it took them to reach the golden mark:

1 ——Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ——16
2 ——Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith ——17
3 ——Shrek 2 ——18
4 ——Spider-Man 2 ——19
5 ——Spider-Man ——22
6 ——Spider-Man 3 ——24
7 ——The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King ——24
8 ——Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace ——28
9 ——The Passion of the Christ ——29
10 ——Shrek the Third ——34
11 ——The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers —— 34
12 ——Transformers ——39
13 ——Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End BV —— 44
14 ——Titanic —— 44
15 ——Iron Man ——48
16 ——Finding Nemo —— 51
17 ——Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone —— 52
18 ——Jurassic Park —— 67
19 ——Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl ——101
20 ——The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring ——102