Weekend Box Office: IRON MAN 3 Scores Second-Highest Opening Weekend Ever with $175.3 Million

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Everyone said it would be big and, for once, everyone was right. In its first three days, Iron Man 3 has earned an estimated $175.3 million, making it the second-highest domestic debut of all time behind The Avengers. Worldwide, the Marvel/Disney sequel has earned $504.8 million since its international roll-out began on April 24th, giving it an enormous global cume  of over $680 million in twelve days.

Here’s a look at the top five US openings of all time, including today’s Iron Man 3 estimate:

  Title Opening
1.   The Avengers   $207.4
2.   Iron Man 3   $175.3
3.   Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2   $169.1
4.   The Dark Knight Rises   $160.8
5.   The Dark Knight   $158.4

Hit the jump for more details, including the weekend’s top ten.

There’s little use in pretending that this weekend is about anything other than Iron Man 3 but, for formality’s sake, we should acknowledge that there were other choices at the multiplex this weekend…

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Iron Man 3 $175,300,000 $175.3
2.  Pain and Gain $7,600,000 $33.9
3.  42 $6,210,000 $78.3
4.  Oblivion $5,800,000 $75.9
5.  The Croods $4,225,000 $178.7
6.  The Big Wedding $3,875,000 $14.2
7.  Oz the Great & Powerful $1,822,000 $228.5
8.  Scary Movie 5 $1,435,000 $29.6
9.  The Place Beyond the Pines $1,298,000 $18.6
10.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $1,275,000 $118.7


Iron-Man-3-IMAX-posterClearly, Iron Man 3 ended up as precisely the sort of ‘event’ picture that summer is all about. With $175.3 million from 4,253 locations, (23 times what Pain & Gain earned in second place) Iron Man 3 came in on the high side of projections, which had been bouncing between $150 and $180 million since its Thursday night previews began.

If the final number was somewhat uncertain, it was always clear that Iron Man 3 would top its predecessor’s opening weekend. Back in 2010, Iron Man 2 launched with $128.1 million – a big jump from the $98.6 million of the original Iron Man. Of course, Iron Man 3 was always destined to be more than the third act of a popular superhero franchise. It was also a sequel, of sorts, to last year’s The Avengers and interest in that title undoubtedly helped propel Iron Man 3 past Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 on the all-time domestic chart.

In the all-important overseas market, Iron Man 3 has been equally impressive. Beginning its global roll-out twelve days ago, the sequel opened in first place in all of its 54 territories and set records for the biggest opening ever in Latin America and the Asia Pacific region. The film’s giant $680 million worldwide haul means that, even with a reported budget of $200 million, Iron Man 3 is already, by far, the most successful title of 2013 – news which should come as a shock to no one.

At this point, the only real question mark left is how high Iron Man 3’s final grosses will climb. With very few exceptions, the third installment of any franchise ends up earning less than its predecessors at the domestic box office.  In the case of the Iron Man series, the first two films earned $318.4 and $312.4 million in the US, respectively, so it is safe to say that Iron Man 3 will prove the exception to the three-quel rule. The film has already eclipsed both its forerunners on the worldwide market, and is close to becoming the first release of 2013 to pass $1 billion in global sales.

After waiting all year for Iron Man 3 to resuscitate the domestic box office, audiences are unlikely to lose interest by next weekend.  Iron Man 3 is guaranteed to stay in first place for a second frame and should wind up with the second-highest second weekend in box office history (behind The Avengers, of course). That means that Baz Luhrmann’s 3D version of The Great Gatsby will be badly overshadowed but, if we’re being honest, no one expected another outcome.


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  • Voltron

    It will be interesting to see how long this movie keeps up the momentum. While I know that many were really excited about this movie, it seems like a large number of people (including myself) walked out of the theater really disappointed with what they saw.

    • mattedscreen

      agreed, when you market a movie like a straight, serious Dark Knight comic movie and you pump out a comedy, you got problems. trying not to reveal spoilers but the villain ticks me off in every way.

      • Voltron

        Exactly. I’m no Marvel fanboy or anything, but I feel like Marvel’s phase 1 movies had pretty lackluster villains, excluding Loki. The way the Mandarin was portrayed in the trailers made me hope that this trend would reverse itself in phase 2, as well as give a more introspective piece on Tony Stark as a character. But nope, the Mandarin was hijacked for a one-dimensional villain who essentially had the same motivations as the previous villains in IM 1 and IM 2 (set up fake terrorists to profit money/ Tony Stark wronged me so I need revenge!), and Tony Stark has evolved very little as a character since IM 1. Don’t get me wrong, I love Tony Stark, but he has been in 4 movies and survived an alien attack and a worm hole. I was hoping for a little more introspective than just the occasional anxiety attacks every time “New York City” was mentioned.

      • ru’afo

        Tony has been in 5 movies now, ‘The Incredible Hulk’, after the credits, cameo, but still in the movie and had dialogue.

        JJ abarms is to blame for the craptacular iron man 3.

  • Angel of Death

    The only people truly disappointed were fanboys and trolls. Cinemascore was an A, meaning odds are, we’ll be seeing fair longevity for Mr. Stark

    • Max

      Even though I don’t like Cinemascore, I agree with you

  • Lol at Nolan/DC fanboys

    The rampant success of Iron Man 3 proves even further that the Dark Knight Risible was the worst third films ever shat into theatre. Suck it Nolanites!

    • Lol at Nolan/DC fanboys

      Also, does anybody know where i can find a Chris Nolan impersonator who can come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? It’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash, $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Griz

        Sorry man. Got to agree with Nolan/DC fanboys. I rewatched the Dark Knight Rises and man does it ever suck. Iron Man 3 is way, way, way better.

    • chick

      iron man 3 was for little children and retards, dark knight rises was for adults that can comprehend complex story arcs and good acting.

      iron man 3 – 5/10
      dark knight rises – 8.5/10

      • Griz

        Dark Knight Risible didn’t even have as good of a script as G.I Joe: Retaliation. In GI the joes are lost in the desert with no way back until they stumble upon an airport. POW! plothole avoided. In Dark Knight Risible, he’s lost in the desert and gets back….somehow. Lazy, crap writing from an intellectual poseur who swindles dumb people into believing they’ve seen an intelligent film because everything is dour, turgid and presented in a nonlinear manner. Ultimately Nolan has nothing to say. That movie is pointless, which renders the previous to films pointless as well. “Realistically” being batman would be hard so he’d just quit eventually? That’s thematically shallow and, quite frankly, a waste of a trilogy.

      • Griz

        . . . but then again, what do i know? i like to stay up until 2am looking for ways to fantasize about Chris Nolan’s balls bouncing on my chin while he fucks me in the mouth. and SPEAKING of which, does anybody know a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? It’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash, $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Lol

        The only thing worse than a Nolan hater is a Nolan fanboy who gets so angy about it when people diss Nolan’s sweat schlong he has to post a sexualized response to every critique of Nolan like he’s got Nolan cock OCD. Twilight fan fic is less sexual than this gebrone’s knight in white armor protecting of Nolan. He fantasizes that he’ll swoop in on an alabaster steed, take Nolan in his bulging arms while Nolan tries to cover his shame with the tattered remnants of his peasant blouse and deflect all the well-founded critiques of Nolan’s shite filmmaker. What a sad way to go through life.

  • Max

    Loved Iron Man 3

  • MandarinWASanACTOR

    the mandarin wasn’t even a villain, he was merely an actor hired by guy pierces character to take the fall for his actions. so pathetic. lol.

    iron man 3 sucked.

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