Published On: Sun, May 5th, 2013

‘Iron Man 3’ opens with second biggest box office total of all-time at $175.3 million, ‘Mud’ success absent from lists

The opening was going to be big, but how big was the key. Now the estimates are in  and Iron Man 3 finishes a strong second,  but well short of The Avengers opening over $200 million last summer.

In just three days, Iron Man 3 earned $175.3 million in the US and $504.8 internationally, which began on April 24, to bring the worldwide total to over $680 million.

After just one weekend in the US, the third Robert Downey Jr led film is #58 all-time on the worldwide box office list.

Avengers is still the only film to open over $200 million on the first weekend, earning $207.4 million a year ago. The final Harry Potter film, Deathly Hallows part 2 was second at $169.1 million, but slides to number 3.

See the list below

  Title Opening
1.   The Avengers   $207.4
2.   Iron Man 3   $175.3
3.   Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows Part 2   $169.1
4.   The Dark Knight Rises   $160.8
5.   The Dark Knight   $158.4

Pain & Gain dropped to number two and the Jackie Robinson bio, 42, was number three. It’s noteworthy to mention the strong turnout for Mud, a drama starring Matthew McConaughey, which earned over $2.1 million on less than 600 screens. It’s also worth mentioning that the film is absent from some lists:


 Title Weekend Total
1.  Iron Man 3 $175,300,000 $175.3
2.  Pain and Gain $7,600,000 $33.9
3.  42 $6,210,000 $78.3
4.  Oblivion $5,800,000 $75.9
5.  The Croods $4,225,000 $178.7
6.  The Big Wedding $3,875,000 $14.2
7.  Oz the Great & Powerful $1,822,000 $228.5
8.  Scary Movie 5 $1,435,000 $29.6
9.  The Place Beyond the Pines $1,298,000 $18.6
10.  G.I. Joe: Retaliation $1,275,000 $118.7

EW only listed Top 5: http://insidemovies.ew.com/2013/05/04/box-office-update-iron-man-3/

Forbes, nothing; several sites talk Iron Man and nothing else and Rope of Silicon uses the correct list, but fails to mention Mud‘s success, talking about the early screening totals for Iceman.


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- Stephen is a contributor and writer on The Dispatch. Stephen is the founder and editor for the Steven Spielberg Fan Club website and contributes to pop culture stories on The Dispatch, especially upcoming movie news. Beginning in 2016, Stephen took the role of Managing Editor for the Tampa Dispatch.

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