Box Office: Iron Man 2 Explodes to $133 Million

Iron Man 2

We knew it would be big.  We knew it would be huge.  We knew there was no way on God’s, green Earth anyone would be able to stand up to the awesomeness of Iron Man 2 and the opening of the Summer movie season.  Some of us thought it had a shot at doing even better, but, nonetheless, Iron Man 2 opened to a staggering, $133-million weekend, a far cry from being considered any sort of disappointment.

Pulling in $35 million more in its opening weekend than the first Iron Man, the film had it’s biggest day on Friday, where it boasted $7.5 million from midnight shows alone.  At 4380 screens, this puts the per theater average on the film at a whopping $30,502, which is surprisingly lower than the $31,143 Alice in Wonderland made per theater earlier in the year.  With $194 million in foreign ticket sales, Iron Man 2‘s total box office is currently sitting at a comfortable $327.6 million, but expect this number to continue to rise in the coming weeks.

The $133 million puts Iron Man 2 in the number 5 slot for all-time opening weekends behind The Dark Knight ($158.4 million), Spider-Man 3 ($151.1), The Twilight Saga: New Moon ($142.8), and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest ($135.6).  While many of us believe it would have been nice to see Iron Man 2 beat New Moon‘s opening weekend numbers, expect good word of mouth to give the comic book sequel legs enough to carry it past the $300-million, domestic mark, something vampire and werewolves have yet to accomplish.

Lovers of Babies weren’t exactly out in force, as the only, other, semi-wide release of the weekend made a decent $1.575.

Much of the rest of the weekend ended up pretty much as expected with horrible word of mouth knocking A Nightmare On Elm Street‘s second weekend take down by 72%.  Expect it’s total domestic to top out at just under $60 million, which means it cost more and will make less than Platinum Dunes’ Friday the 13th.  Not a box office failure by any stretch, but certainly not a powerhouse opener for a proposed franchise.  What is getting a sequel, however, is How to Train Your Dragon, which made it 200 millionth dollar in domestic box office.  The sequel, more than likely NOT titled How to Train Your Dragon, Too, looks to hit in 2013.

Here is how the weekend box office shaped up:

  1. Iron Man 2 – $133.6m NEW
  2. A Nightmare on Elm Street – $9.1m -72.1%
  3. How to Train Your Dragon – $6.7m -36.3%
  4. Date Night – $5.3m -30.1%
  5. The Back-Up Plan – $4.3m -40.1%
  6. Furry Vengeance – $4.0m -39.6%
  7. Clash of the Titans – $2.3m -60.6%
  8. Death at a Funeral – $2.1m -49.1%
  9. The Losers – $1.8m -69.4%
  10. Babies – $1.5m NEW

This puts the total weekend box office for the top 10 films at $170.7 million, a little less than 20% up from the same weekend last year where films like Star Trek and X-Men Origins: Wolverine pushed the weekend box office to $142.7 million.

Next weekend has Tony Stark going up against Robin Hood, and, while bows and arrows and broadswords are no match against pulsar cannons and the ex-wife (prototype or not), expect it to be a close race to the #1 spot.  We’ll be back on Thursday with our report and analysis of the coming weekend.

Jeremy's been writing about movies for a good, 15 years, starting with the film review column of his high school newspaper. He stands proud as the first person in his high school to have seen (and recommend) Pulp Fiction. Jeremy went on to get a B.A. in Cinema and Photography with a minor in journalism. His experience and knowledge of film is aided by the list of 6600 films he has seen in his life (so far). Jeremy's belief is that there are no bad films, just unrealized possibilities. Except Batman and Robin. That shit was awful.

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