To say that Iron Man 3’s American debut has been marvelous would be an understatement.
After its opening weekend, the sequel starring Robert Downey, Jr. took in $175.3 million, earning it the title of second-highest opening in the United States of all time. The only movie to earn more? That other movie with Iron Man in it: 2012’s The Avengers, which brought in $207.4 million during its opening weekend.
The figures come by way of a post on Box Office Mojo, which reports that Iron Man 3 out-earned its predecessor, Iron Man 2, which brought in $128.1 million when it debuted in 2010. Meanwhile, the movie’s worldwide haul has been equally impressive, having brought in $680.1 million around the globe since it premiered in Paris on April 14, according to the Huffington Post.
So far, this period of 2013 is shaping up a lot better for Disney than the same time last year. While the aforementioned Avengers movie was an unquestionable juggernaut, the company’s filmic fortunes didn’t start out too well, with March 2012’s John Carter failing to connect with audiences and critics alike. This year, however, March saw the release of Oz the Great and Powerful. While it hasn’t been universally loved, it managed to perform well enough during its opening weekend, and has since pulled in over $484 million worldwide. That’s nearly double of John Carter’s $282 million worldwide box office.
As for Iron Man 3’s reviews, it managed to earn a 78 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In short: it’s good, and much better than the third movie in a triple-A movie franchise has any right to be.
So when a big budget action adventure flick has a solid script and great acting, it’ll be successful? Hey Michael Bay… paying attention?