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Iron Man 3 posts second highest US opening of all-time

Iron Man 3

Story by Jack Foley

IRON Man 3 has posted the second highest opening of all-time in US box office history.

The film took $175.3 million behind fellow Marvel pic The Avengers, which took $207.4 million last year.

Overseas, the Robert Downey Jr three-quel grossed $175.9 million in its second weekend, putting the 3D movie’s world-wide total at $680.1 million. China leads the charge with a mighty $63.5 million, the top opening of all time for a Marvel film.

Ironically, the film is performing better than The Avengers overseas.

Helmed by franchise newcomer Shane Black (who has previously worked with Downey Jr on the excellent Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Iron Man 3 broke several other records, including scoring the top-grossing Saturday of all time in the US ($62.2 million).

Internationally, it also notched up the biggest weekend of all time in Southeast Asia and many regions of Latin America, as well as in Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

The film has already surpassed the total global box office of the original Iron Man ($585 million), its sequel Iron Man 2 ($624 million), Thor ($449 million) and Captain America ($369 million).

Elsewhere at the US box office, last week’s champ, Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain slipped to second with a further $7.6 million (bringing its total to $33.9 million), while Harrison Ford sports biopic 42 continued to do well by hanging in at three with $6.2 million.

Tom Cruise sci-fi pic Oblivion sits at four with a total US gross of $76 million and animated adventure The Croods rounds out the top five, having now taken $165.5 million.

There were also sizeable successes for two independent releases: Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon drama Mud, from director Jeff Nichols, took $2.2 million and landed at seventh spot, while Susanne Bier’s romantic dramedy Love Is All You Need, starring Pierce Brosnan, grossed a very healthy $38,954 from four theaters in New York and Los Angeles.

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