‘Iron Man 2’ has explosive $134-million opening

May 09, 2010 | 6:25 p.m.

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Ben Fritz of Company Town reports that “Iron Man 2” was loud and proud in its opening weekend… 

Hollywood kicked off its most important time of the year, summer-event movie season, with an explosive start for “Iron Man 2,” which sold an estimated $133.6 million worth of tickets in the U.S. and Canada.

That’s the fifth-highest opening weekend of all time, not accounting for ticket-price inflation, and a sign that audience interest in Marvel Entertainment’s superhero played by Robert Downey Jr. has grown significantly since the first movie debuted with $98.6 million in 2008.

Some Hollywood executives closely following pre-release audience surveys had said “Iron Man 2” could come close to or exceed the largest opening weekend of all time: $158.4 million for The Dark Knight in 2008. But although the new film fell short of that mark, it’s still a hugely successful start.

Overseas, “Iron Man 2” raked in another $57.2 million, this weekend, its second weekend in most foreign countries. That brings its international total to $194 million and worldwide take so far to $327.6 million…


— Ben Fritz


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