'Iron Man 3' Opens to Record Numbers

By ROBERT PACE

May 05, 2013

Following its record-setting release abroad, superhero film Marvel's Iron Man 3 opened to gargantuan numbers in its opening weekend in the U.S.

The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as the titular character, opened domestically with $175.3 million, making it the second-best opening weekend in history, trailing only fellow Marvel film The Avengers ($207.4 million).

PICS: 'Iron Man' Poster Takes Flight

The concluding film of the Harry Potter series previously held the No. 2 opening-weekend position with $169.2 million.

After two weeks in international release, Iron Man 3 has already trumped the box office total of the preceding films in the franchise, raking it a whopping estimated $680 million worldwide.

VIDEO: ET is First Behind the Scenes of 'Iron Man 3'

The film's massive domestic opening exceeded the cumulative totals of all but one film (Oz the Great and Powerful: $228.6 million) in the box office Top 10.

Although Iron Man 3 overshadowed the rest of the box office, films Pain & Gain ($7.6 million, $33.9 million), 42 ($6.2 million, $78.3 million), and Oblivion ($5.8 million, $76 million) all posted steady figures.



More On: Forty Two (42), Iron Man 3, Oblivion, Pain and Gain, The Avengers

SHARE THIS ARTICLE

Share to Twitter
Share to Stumble

You might like...