Iron Man Scores $201 million in First Week

To no one’s surprise, Jon Favreau’s “Iron Man” was #1 at the box office over the weekend, making it a bona fide blockbuster hit. Not only did ol’ shellhead pull in an astounding $104 mil in the U.S. box office, but the film also raked in an equally impressive $96.7 million in overseas receipts, for a first-week worldwide total of just north of $200 million. Can you say, “Iron Man 2” and “Iron Man 3”? I knew you could. At this point, even if “The Incredible Hulk” is a bust (and who says it will be?), Marvel Studios can probably still call 2008 a success with “Iron Man” alone.

But as gaudy as “Iron Man’s” box office numbers were, and they were very gaudy indeed, the week’s other new release, the derivative romantic comedy “Made of Honor” didn’t do so badly by drawing in the heavy “chick flick” crowd that refused to watch a guy in an iron armor fly around. “Made of Honor” can also call itself a hit with a first-week take of $15 million.

Meanwhile, Tina Fey’s “Baby Mama” continues a strong showing at the box office, taking in another $10 million, good enough for #3 and a 2-week total of $32 million. The Judd Apatow-produced “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” also pulled off a surprise, climbing back up the chart at #4 with $6 million, for a 3 week total of $44 million.

Here’s how the rest of the box office broke down over the weekend (via):

1 —–Iron Man —–$100,750,000 —–$104,250,000
2 —–Made of Honor —–$15,500,000 —–$15,500,000
3 —–Baby Mama —–$10,332,000 —–$32,330,000
4 —–Forgetting Sarah Marshall —–$6,132,000 —–$44,804,000
5 —–Harold and Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay —– $6,015,000 —–$25,270,000
6 —–The Forbidden Kingdom —–$4,200,000 —–$45,124,000
7 —–Nim’s Island —–$2,750,000 —–$42,544,000
8 —–Prom Night —–$2,500,000 —–$41,447,000
9 —–21 —–$2,100,000 —–$79,057,000
10 —–88 Minutes —–$1,600,000 —–$15,424,000

Made of Honor