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It’s good to be a billionaire playboy industrialist who moonlights as a world-saving superhero. Just ask Tony Stark, whose latest movie, “Iron Man 3″ took the top spot at the box office with a spectacular studio estimated $175 million, putting it only behind “The Avengers” in terms of all-time weekend opening. The Joss Whedon film shattered box office records into smithereens when it opened to $270 million last year. I guess it makes sense that ol Shellhead wouldn’t be able to beat the combined might of his fellow Avengers. It’s only logical, don’t you think?
Still, second place all-time ain’t bad. “Iron Man 3″ beat out 2011’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2″, which slipped to third place, and Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises”, which opened to $160 million despite the theater shooting tragedy putting a damper on things. (Who knows how much “Rises” would have really made if not for outside influences?)
Although it couldn’t quite reach “Avengers” status, “Iron Man 3″ is getting there in overseas box office, with the threequel already earning over $500 million overseas, where it opened more than two weeks before hitting Stateside screens. Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” eventually capped off its overseas run at $888 million, so there is a chance (albeit not a very strong chance, but a chance) that “Iron Man 3″ could threaten that total. Probably not, though.
I think it’s safe to say that with $680 million already in the bank, no other film really threatened the Shane Black sequel this weekend. Michael Bay’s “Pain and Gain” took second place with $7.6 million, falling from its #1 perch last week. The true-ish story has made $33 million so far. “42”, Tom Cruise’s “Obivion”, and “The Croods” filled out the rest of the Top 5, in that order.
In limited release, Michael Shannon’s hitman drama “The Iceman” opened way, way back with only 4 screens, while the Mexican war movie “Cinco De Mayo: La Batalla” opened in 20 screens, but still managed to do less business than “The Iceman”. I guess there’s no interest in a big-budget Mexican movie in the States. Go figure.
Via : Box Office