Box Office May 3-5: 'Iron Man 3' Opens Bigger Than All But 'The Avengers'

Short version: Iron Man 3 made a lot of money this weekend. A lot. In fact, the only movie that's ever made more in its domestic opening was The Avengers.

Alternate short version: Shane Black's second feature as director debuted with haul that's roughly forty-one times the total domestic earnings of his first, Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang.

Long version: Marvel Studios has once again blown the doors off summer, this time with Iron Man 3, which has brought in an estimated $175.3 million over the last three days. That figure puts the Black-directed superhero adventure at number two on the list of all-time biggest openings in movie history. Last summer's The Avengers, of course, sits atop the heap with $207.4 million, while Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 has been shoved aside to number three with $169.1 million.

No movie has the iron stones to open against Iron Man 3 in wide release. Though the sequel will start facing stiff competition in the coming weeks, the A CinemaScore exit poll rating from moviegoers suggest that good word of mouth and repeat customers are going to fuel continued strong business.

The new adventure of Tony Stark is a bit of a phenomenon the world over. Marvel's latest blockbuster also collected another $175.9 million in international ticket sales, bringing it's foreign total to $504.8 million. Yes, that means that Iron Man 3 has already grossed $680.1 million globally.

It may be the second-biggest opening domestically, but the sequel now stands as the biggest opener ever in China, Russia, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Ukraine, and South Africa. In China, where Iron Man 3 is about three minutes longer with Chinese-exclusive content, the movie has earned a whopping $63.5 million, the most of any market other than America.

So we're guessing Robert Downey Jr.'s negotiations to continue playing Tony Stark are proceeding swimmingly for the star.

Here are the top ten movies in the country for the weekend of May 3rd through 5th, according to current estimates:

 

1. Iron Man 3 $175.3 million New Release
2. Pain & Gain $7.6 million $7.6 million
3. 42 $6.2 million $78.3 million
4. Oblivion $5.7 million $5.7 million
5. The Croods $4.2 million $168.7 million
6. The Big Wedding $3.8 million $13.2 million
7. Mud $2.1 million $5.1 million
8. Oz the Great and Powerful $1.8 million $228.5 million
9. Scary Movie 5 $1.4 million $29.6 million
10. The Place Beyond the Pines $1.2 million $18.6 million


Date: 2013-05-05