Iron Man 3 Surpasses The Avengers in International Box Office in First Week

Iron Man 3 Premiere

Well I guess this is a good sign for Marvel, huh? Must be, because the studio is crowing all about ol shellhead’s popularity in the third “Iron Man” movie, brilliantly titled … “Iron Man 3″. (Hey, if it ain’t broke…)

Robert Downey Jr. in Iron Man 3 (2013) Movie PosterAccording to the studio, Shane Black’s “Iron Man 3″ opened to monster numbers overseas this week, taking in an estimated $195.3 million in that sweet, sweet foreign cash, surpassing the $185.1 million that Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” pulled in just a year earlier. That, as the kids say, is a pretty big deal. Of course, it remains to be seen if the Armored Avenger’s latest solo adventure eventually rivals the superhero team-up, which at last count went for a bazillion bucks (or thereabouts).

Here are some highlights from the film’s International haul this week:

* Biggest opening weekend ever in: Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore

* Biggest opening day ever in: Taiwan, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and Malaysia

* Biggest Marvel opening weekend in: Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Netherlands, Finland, Hungary, Romania, New Zealand, Argentina, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Philippines and Malaysia

* And #1 film in every market and is the biggest opening weekend of all time in Asia Pacific and Latin America

What’s even more impressive is that the film has yet to opened in key territories like Russia, China and Germany. But especially China, where the studio had their eyes on from Day One, teaming up with not just Chinese investors, but also offering up a cut of the film that can definitely be called China-centric, with a few extra scenes of homegrown actors for the billion or so home crowd.

For all of you Stateside fans, “Iron Man 3″ opens next week on May 3rd, 2013. If it’s any consolation, you’ll get the movie before Poland. (Haha, take that, Poland!)

Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” Robert Downey Jr. Russia Tour – Iron Man Fan Convention

“Haha, take that, Mandarin, you fiend!”