At this rate, Marvel might be just as rich as “Iron Man 3’s” fictional billionaire playboy/philanthropist/part-time superhero Tony Stark, with the comic book threequel officially surpassing the much-ballyhooed $1 billion worldwide box office this week, making it just the 16th film to do so. (Though “Jurassic Park”, thanks to its recent 3D re-release, is threatening to make it the 17th film.)
It’s looking likely that “Iron Man 3″ will overtake Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight”, which currently sits at #15 in all-time worldwide box office with $1.004 billion. It’s also not out of the question that ol Shellhead’s third outing could potentially catch up to #14’s “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” ($1.017 billion) and “Alice in Wonderland” (at $1.024 billion).
As of today, “Iron Man 3″ has earned just a shade over $300 million domestically and nearly $700 million worldwide, thanks to the film bowing overseas first.
The people most excited about this continually climbing box office take for “Iron Man 3″? Disney/Marvel investors and, of course, Robert Downey Jr., who is expected to have quite the payday when all the numbers are counted and his back-end pay is calculated.
Oh yeah, you don’t think this will affect his re-negotiations to return for “Iron Man 4″ or, more pressing, “The Avengers 2″? I know Marvel likes to do things The Marvel Way when it comes to renegotiating with actors, but I’d sure like to see how they pull this one off.
It’s good to be Tony Stark these days. And the guy playing him.
Via : Box Office Mojo