The Billionaire Box Office Club has a new member. Just a couple weeks out from its domestic release, Marvel’s Iron Man 3 has now grossed over $1 billion worldwide. That makes the Shane Black-helmed pic the 16th film ever to cross that benchmark, as it surpasses the grosses of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone ($974.9 million), Jurassic Park ($969.4 million), and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End ($963.4 million). It also makes it the second highest grossing Marvel film of all time, easily besting Iron Man 2’s worldwide gross of $623.9 million. Obviously, though, Iron Man 3 has a long way to go to catch up to The Avengers, which takes the number three all-time slot with $1.5 billion. Hit the jump for more.
Though the positive reviews/reception certainly helped, one can point to the success of The Avengers as a major contributing factor to Iron Man 3’s box office achievement. It’ll be interesting to see if that good will carries over into Marvel’s subsequent films, with Thor: The Dark World hitting theaters this fall and Captain America: The Winter Soldier scheduled to arrive next April. At this rate, though, The Avengers 2 is on track to gross roughly $1 gajillion in 2015.
Will there be any more billion dollar grossers this year? Man of Steel certainly has a shot, as does Fast & Furious 6, but what do you folks think? Will Iron Man 3 stand alone or will we have another massive hit on our hands in 2013? Sound off in the comments.