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"Iron Man" Breaks $100 Million This Weekend

Posted: May 4th, 2008 by WorstPreviews.com Staff
"Iron Man" Breaks $100 Million This WeekendSubmit Comment
"Iron Man" did so well during its box office debut that it joined the list of all-time highest openers, grossing over $104 million domestically and $97 million internationally for a worldwide total of $201 million in its first five days.

The film biz couldn't have asked for a better start to the summer season, with "Iron Man" mirroring the birth of the "Spider-Man" franchise. Domestically, the Robert Downey Jr. topliner grossed $100.7 million for the weekend and another $3.5 million from select Thursday night shows.

That gives "Iron Man," directed by Jon Favreau, the 8th best opening weekend ever, and the second-best debut for a non-sequel after "Spider-Man," which opened to $114.8 million on the same weekend in 2002.

It's also the best opening in history for a Paramount live-action release. DreamWorks Animations toon "Shrek the Third" is the only Paramount film to have opened higher when debuting at $121.6 million last summer.

"Iron Man" is a sizeable victory for Marvel Studios. It's the first title fully produced and financed under Marvel Studio's new business plan.

There was some question as to whether "Iron Man" could lure women. Film's gross revealed it succeeded, although it still skewed heavily male. Of the audience, 57% were over the age of 25.

That left some room for Sony to capture the attention of older women with Patrick Dempsey-Michelle Monaghan romantic comedy "Made of Honor," which opened to an estimated $15.5 million from 2,729 theaters to place No. 2 for the weekend. Of the audience, 68% were female, while 62% were over the age of 25.

Among specialty openers, the mixed-martial arts drama "Redbelt," grossed an estimated $68,646 from six theaters in NY and LA for a per screen average of $11,441. "Son of Rambow" debuted at an estimated $52,549 from five locations in NY and LA for a per screen average of $10,510.

Click here to read our "Iron Man" review.

Check out the rest of the box office results

Source: Variety


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