Faces & Names: ‘Iron Man 3’ has second-best opening in box-office historyThe third “Iron Man” film opened to near-record business over the weekend, but the superhero sequel was unable to single-handedly reverse Hollywood’s dreary year inside U.S. theaters.
The third “Iron Man” film opened to near-record business over the weekend, but the superhero sequel was unable to single-handedly reverse Hollywood’s dreary year inside U.S. theaters.
The latest Tony Stark movie from Disney’s Marvel Studios enjoyed the second-best opening in box-office history, grossing an estimated $175.3 million in its debut weekend, Disney said Sunday. The domestic launch places the 3-D “Iron Man 3” behind only “The Avengers,” which grossed $207.4 million in its initial weekend last May, for the best premiere ever.
The “Iron Man 3” returns were equally impressive beyond American borders, where the sequel continued to do hefty business, with an overseas gross to date of $504.8 million. “Iron Man 3,” starring Robert Downey Jr., has set opening records in China, Russia, Taiwan, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, South Africa and Ukraine. Imax said its large-
format “Iron Man 3” showings brought in nearly $30 million globally, the highest weekend sales for any film in Imax’s 46-year history.
Yet even with the strong “Iron Man 3” opening on U.S. soil, domestic ticket sales for all films continue to shamble.
Through the first weekend of May, 2013 revenues stood at an estimated $3.13 billion, down nearly 11 percent from last year, according to Hollywood.com.